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What is Curriculum?
Define “Curriculum” in 140 characters or less.
What factors should guide a school’s choice of curriculum
How frequently should this be reviewed?
Who should be involved in Curriculum Review?
A school should be ….
Must drive and lead all aspects of curriculum
Guiding Statements are our “WHY”
What curriculum model do you use at your school?
Does this model best fit the Guiding Statements?
How should a Curriculum
be reviewed, designed
When should Assessments be developed?
How should Assessment inform planning?
Understanding by Design advocates Backward
Design. Is this the best model? Should assessment
drive curriculum matters or should curriculum be
the driving force?
The Importance of
Making good links:
• Does the link make learning more motivating ?
• Does the link deepen children’s understanding?
• Has the integrity of each subject been maintained?
• Is there a natural overlap between the subjects being
• Are the links made explicit to children?
• Can children see why they are making the link?
• Does the link guarantee appropriate coverage and
progression in the subjects involved?
• Does medium-term planning dovetail learning between the
There is no set definition of a Creative Curriculum
Creative Curriculum Models are appropriate for Primary and Middle School phases and include topic-base
Teachers plan topic-based approaches to learning for each year group, which are linked to a set of skills.
Hands-on experiences, field trips are embedded into the curriculum and complement and support instruct
• team work
• problem solving
Scope and sequence
“Joined up thinking”
How often to you meet at Grade
Level/Teams to discuss curriculum matters?
Do you keep the focus on curriculum or are
you distracted by logistics / behaviourial
issues / events?
The Place of 21st
Digital Literacy – Not just turning on a computer….we can do dumb
things with a smartboad. Why is it better? Engagement! Deepening
the content and encouraging research. (even to find what you might
not be looking for!)
Social networks are valuable, media allows multifaceted approach to
expressing themselves – otherwise learning is too often linear ….
Should we replace obsolete content (Middle East History/Politics,
Science in textbooks), skills get dated, assessment processes?
Blogs, Podcast, Wikis, Tweets from Benjamin Franklin/Winston
Churchill, Facebook page for Julius Caesar or Napoleon, design an
app…….. or then again do the questions at the end of chapter 2 or
write a story that only your teacher will read!
Television literacy? More of a force than print! Screenplays? Video
podcasts? Prepare students 10/15 years times….. And it might just
make learning more fun!
Social and Emotional
Happy children are effective learners!
Can SEL be taught?
Should SEL be taught?
Who? Where? When?
The Language(s) of
Influence of Schedules, how do we group kids?
Why are third graders always together?
Silo’s of high school departments
Quality of teacher meetings…..
Schedules indicate school priorities!
Other Factors to
“Extra Curricular models”
Partnership with Parents
Interviews with Students
Performance Management / Appraisal