Curriculum Development

Obsessed with Fantasy Football – Education Article

By Scott Habeeb Salem High School I have to confess something: I care way too much about Fantasy Football. Throughout the fall, I’m constantly checking my Yahoo Fantasy app, plotting my next waiver wire strategy, or looking online for updates about player injuries. I am addicted to Fantasy Football. This year I was the champion of my Fantasy Football league. Actually, that’s an understatement. I smashed the competition! Players in our league can win in 3 categories: Regular Season Champ:…

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Teachers Teaching Teachers Tech (T4): Technology Integration is a Mindset, Not a Skillset – Education Article

By Pierre Wagner Dalian American International School From many years as a teacher, I found cooperative learning and collaboration to be the best teaching and learning strategies, because it combines the intellectual and socio-emotional benefits as students work together towards a common agenda and learn how to work with other people. The same is true for teachers. I believe it is awesome when classroom teachers are teaching each other (peer coaching) about how to integrate technology, since they can share…

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What Does Instructional Leadership Look Like? – Education Article

How much material should instructional leadership provide? The final question is how much material to provide. The answer is all of it… though you need not actually mandate any of it. An incoming teacher needs support in the first year, and it’s neither fair nor desirable to expect a teacher to make up an entire program as the year goes along, within the confines of the philosophy and overall arc of a program they don’t yet fully grasp. In other…

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A Research Project Scaffold that is Flexible and Encourages Thinking Skills Development – Education Article

Because this model is hierarchical, in that it progressively moves towards the more complex elements of thinking and knowledge, it is really useful as a scaffold for student exploration and research. By following the scaffold from the bottom up, you can start students off on a fact hunt, maybe involving some vocabulary exploration as well. As students become more familiar with the various elements of the scaffold, they will start to research more complex types of information. You can also…

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Whose Brain Is it Anyway? What Students Should Know About their Brain and Learning – Education Article

Student “Need-to-Knows” about the Brain and Learning 1. The brain needs a reason to pay attention to new information. Every moment our brains are flooded with sensory input. The brain cannot possibly pay attention to all this information, so it has to be selective. The choice about what to pay attention to comes down to survival. Is it new and, therefore, potentially dangerous?  Will it eat me?  Can I eat it?  Once the brain has decided that no threat exists…

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Instilling Critical Thinking Skills Through Inquiry Based Teaching – Education Article

By Suresh Thangarajan Good Sheperd International School “Education involves a passion to know that should engage us in a loving search for knowledge.” (Freire, 1998, pg.4) Inquiry-based teaching aims to increase student engagement in learning by helping students to develop the hands-on, minds-on skills needed for the 21st century. This approach is conducive for the complex work of learning. It prioritizes the prior knowledge and experience students bring to the classroom and it promotes active problem solving, critical thinking, and…

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(Critically) Reading the News: Empowering Citizens in the Age of Disinformation – Education Article

By Michael Ryan Bulosan Xavier School The Disinformation Drama Disinformation has become prevalent in contemporary society in the wake of changes in information production, distribution and consumption brought about by new media technologies. Production practices specifically for news have changed drastically because of these innovations. In particular, these innovations that are disrupting the traditional flow of information from journalists to audience are: technologies such as blogging which have allowed new voices in public discourse (Fleming, 2012); mobile communication devices which…

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An Authentic PBL-Overseas Education Program in the 21st Century – Education Article

By John Roger M. Maghuyop Xavier School Imagine going on a field trip. Sounds fun, right? Well, the word field trip itself is already exciting to hear but WHAT IF having it for a span of SIX WEEKS OVERSEAS? Surely, this will become more awesome! Because WHY NOT? It is truly a great way of having learning and travel goals in one. Most students are in great favor for field trips because of the thin line that separates it from…

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Making Sense of the Acronyms – Education Article

PLC and the PYP With the roll-out of the enhanced PYP in recent months, there has been an increased push in PYP classrooms to put student agency and opportunities for student-led inquiry right at the heart of the PYP curriculum. One common concern for PYP teachers is how we can balance open inquiry and the rigors of standards-based curriculum and the PLC framework. Here are a few ways we’ve found the marriage of Atlas and the PLC framework has helped…

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Open a New World of Learning – Education Article

The Big Sell: A New World of Learning My personal favorite feature of using stories in STEAM are the multi-disciplinary projects that can come out of them. Using curriculum outcomes, ICT, and strategies such as, Play Worlds (Fleer, 2011), stories can open up a world of learning and incorporate most, sometimes all, STEAM subjects simultaneously. The children will often not even know that they are learning these skills and concepts unless the outcomes are explained to them. Because children love…

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What is concept-based curriculum anyways? – Education Article

By Marie-Theres Whitehead International School Ho Chi Minh City You’ve probably heard it too. One of the most persistent buzzwords in curriculum development: Concept-Based Curriculum. What is it exactly and why is it such a buzzword? The idea for Concept-Based Curriculum rose when H. Lynn Erickson (and later Lois Lanning) recognized the necessity to change mainstream instruction — simply learning facts for the purpose of regurgitating them in assessment situations. The question that they asked was very clear: How can…

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Proofreading for English Language Acquisition Students: Why It Matters – Education Article

The Process in Practice How this looks in the classroom will obviously vary and may be adjusted for work done on paper or google docs, as is common in 1:1 laptop schools. The highlighting could take the form of using different colours, circling or underlining for example. Stage 4 could take place inside the classroom or literally outside it depending on the desired noise levels. The Power of Investing Time Limited contact time or curriculum demands may lead teachers to…

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How to Scale Instructional Planning, Perspective from a History Classroom – Education Article

By Benjamin Heckscher, History Department Head Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye American Section For most of my career, I was content to take the general topics in my history curriculum that I was to teach and to just move through them in order, trying to get it all in before the end of the year. A few issues came up that made me reconsider my instructional planning. First: when simply running through the material, you tend to leave one subject unfinished and…

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Practices to Maximize Student Learning – Education Article

By Lynne West, Founder Sunodia Educational Consulting and Former Teacher It is almost the end of the period and the bell will ring in 2 minutes. What are your students doing at this precise moment?  They may be packing up their materials and migrating towards the door.  Or perhaps they are intently listening to you as you try to squeeze in a couple more important points. It could be that they are working in groups or pairs to finish an activity. …

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Writing Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum with UbD – Education Article

Dr. Elizabeth Clarkson began her career in North Carolina, which she still considers her home. After earning a B.A. in birth-kindergarten education at Appalachian State University, she started her first teaching position as a PreK teacher with North Carolina Public Schools and was named the 2004 Teacher of the Year for her school. With an interest in young children and international education, Elizabeth completed a short study program in Reggio Emilia, Italy and completed her M.A. in Educational Psychology in Colorado.  Elizabeth served as an Early Reading First Literacy Coach for United Way…

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One Click Wonder: Digitizing Lesson Plans and Class Materials – Education Article

Presenting Digital Lessons Now for presenting digital lessons. History lesson plans might involve a short lecture, a YouTube clip, a few pages from the textbook, and a worksheet. For that class, you need your own notes and maybe some PowerPoint slides, there will be the YouTube video, you’ll have to bring your textbook, and find the worksheet to print. It’s also a lot of moving parts. As an example, that video is going to take a few minutes to get…

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Practices to Maximize Student Learning – Education Article

By Lynne West, Founder Sunodia Educational Consulting and Former Teacher Take a moment to think about the students who walk into your classroom each period.  Are they focused and primed to engage in the day’s learning? Do they bring enthusiasm and energy to the classroom?  Are they still pondering their previous lesson or perhaps the test they just completed? Our students walk into our classrooms at differing levels of focus, readiness, and energy.  How can we structure the beginning of a…

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Powerful Curriculum Partnerships | Atlas – Education Article

By Sarah Sisco, Curriculum and Professional Development Director at the American International School of Jeddah “You can’t make me.” Maybe that’s a phrase you’ve heard before when implementing new processes and pioneering change in your school. This was the challenge I faced in my first month as the sole curriculum professional in a school with 120 faculty members. Ahead of me, I had the task of leading curriculum development and documentation when I had no evaluative authority over teachers. Far…

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