Integrate the Curriculum using a Backward Design Methodology

By Trudy Francis

 

Robust Inquiry - Begins with Big Ideas

 

"The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler

 

Many schools are integrating the curriculum in an effort to engage their students with authentic opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and to internalise skills and dispositions that develop the characteristics of a life-long learner. Inquiry models are varied; however the best ones have coherent design where big ideas relate to democratic concerns of equality, freedom, justice, and power sharing, as well as to help students to consider how individuals or communities can act with the new knowledge to transform the situation (Saltman, 2005).

 

The purpose of the inquiry learning model your school creates should be to develop in students, complex performance where they create new knowledge and participate in new ways.

 

The Key Competencies can be embedded within the model and taught more explicitly.

 

Teachers collaboratively plan guided by a C21 Learning Coach.

 

Online coaching to support teachers as they plan week by week is provided to a lead teacher/syndicate leader by C21 Learning.

 

In-class modelling supports teachers as well - our greatest challenge is to dig deep for quality thinking and sense making with our students.

 

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