Category: Critical thinking
Connecting the PYP with Australian Curriculum Learning Areas
History, Geography and Civics & Citizenship are discrete Learning Areas. However, they may be connected where relevant and appropriate. This document lays out the PYP themes alongside each of the Inquiry Questions for History, Geography and Civics & Citizenship, F-7. These could assist teachers in finding conceptual threads/big ideas that may be used in developing Programs of Inquiry.
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Curriculum and Leadership Journal
The Curriculum & Leadership Journal iPad version is now available via iTunes. The journal is published by Education Services Australia (ESA) as an online service for the Australian and New Zealand school education communities, with the support of ACARA and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
ABC Splash is packed with hundreds of videos, audios clips and interactives for use in the classroom. It's a comprehensive interactive site featuring high quality Australian content linked to the Australian Curriculum developed in partnership with Education Services Australia. Innovation in the classroom was key at ABC Splash Live: Digital Ideas for the Classroom. a professional teacher development event, held in Sydney and Melbourne in August, showcasing sessions on future-focused and innovative online content, live news events and interactive games for students. Please access this link to view the sessions: http://splash.abc.net.au/home?_cldee=ZmFycmFsbGpAYWlzLnNhLmVkdS5hdQ%3d%3d
The ‘Australian Curriculum Leaders’ Learning Resource’ is an exciting online suite of resources that supports the implementation of the Australian Curriculum by bringing together the ‘what’ of the Curriculum and ’how’ it should be delivered based on the SA Teaching for Effective Learning framework (TfEL).
The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) has developed Queensland’s Purposeful Integration project that focuses on strategies for integrating curriculum across learning areas and subjects in primary and middle school settings. The approach involves integrating learning areas/ subjects by means of an overarching question and a series of focus questions derived from common or connected concepts. The use of questions is designed to guide student inquiry as well to inform teachers’ scaffolding and instruction. The resources provided are excellent.
This template can be adapted for use with any Australian Curriculum subject.
Beginning in fall 2016, UNR will implement a new, competencies-based Core Curriculum, based on the following four divisions of Core Objectives (COs). This curriculum, described in the Implementation Plan of January 2014, the Core Standards of April 2014, and the Core Verification process (updated 01/15), will train students in communication, quantitative reasoning, methods of inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and integration, synthesis, and application of knowledge; moreover, it will be integrated into each major, so that the knowledge and skills described in the COs will be developed throughout a student's progress towards his or her degree.Approved Silver Core Courses
The syllabi of newly approved Core courses, arranged by Core Objective, will be regularly posted on the UNR Curriculum Central site .The Cycle of Core Assessment
In fall 2016, the Core Board will oversee a five-year cycle of Core assessment, based on the following schedule (Core Humanities and Core Writing underwent assessment in spring 2016-fall 2016):
During this cycle, faculty members, department representatives, the Core Assessment Committee, Core Objective Committees, and the Core Board will follow the guidelines and rely on the reporting forms below:
Core Objective Assessment Forms:
*As indicated in these documents, assessment forms are due by the 8th week of the semester following instruction of a Core course. Faculty members should submit completed forms, along with the required accompanying documents (described in the form), to a department contact. Once all forms are collected, please send to Russell Stone by campus mail (Office of the Provost, 0005) or email (email@example.com) or arrange for pickup.Assessment Rubrics
The following rubrics are suggested by the Core Assessment Committee. Faculty assessing Core courses need not use them and are free to adapt the rubrics to their needs. For additional advice, please contact Russell Stone at the email address above. As models for Core assessment are offered by departments around campus, they will be added to this site.
CO1: Effective Composition & Communication
CO2: Quantitative Reasoning
CO3: Critical Analysis & Use of Information
Use of Information:
CO5: History & Culture
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The assessment of assignments is an important part of the Webster learning experience and process. Students need constructive feedback, and rubrics for assignments help in that. Rubrics are the criteria according to which the assignment is graded and commented upon. Rubrics set out what receives what, in other words, they explain to the student what exactly is required to achieve a particular grade.
Rubrics can be very general or very specific. In any case, as instructors, you are encouraged to create clear and fair rubrics.
Below are examples of such rubrics as used by the Webster Global Citizenship Program with reference to Critical Thinking, Integrative Learning, Oral Communication and Written Communication.
Carefully devised rubrics show the student that you have really thought through what you are looking for, and expecting.