February 12, 2011

Connected Curriculum Days


This is a thought provoking topic isn’t it really!

We had two days working on the idea of a connected curriculum. The best way I can think of to describe this is that everything is taught through topics and not subjects.

We had to do a project where we worked with 4 other PGCE people from other subjects and come up with a day of learning about a topic using each of our disciplines. Eh! This is hard! That was all we were told! So my group spent about 3 hours planning a whole day of activities for the topic of The World.

We decided we would create a competitive environment with the idea of a film company wanting to make a movie in a location and all the continents of the world having to bid for it. There would be groups of 6 pupils and each would represent a continent. Through this they had to provide all the vital information of their continent

-      Geographical features e.g. The weather, rivers? Volcanoes?

-      Economical factors e.g. Currency, Exchange rates? Distance from coast?

-      Historical background e.g. any wars?

-      Culture e.g. food, languages spoken (with examples), clothes

-      The written work e.g. any famous poets or stories?

This all had to be presented in an interesting manner such as a video or a poster and give a bid to the rest of the class.

A panel would then choose the winners.

Whilst we thought this brought in a lot of areas, we did think this kind of curriculum, or lesson, would be feasible to teach. As a maths teacher I couldn’t teach my group of pupils French.

If the technical issues could be worked through this form of curriculum might convince me. Right now I am not sure. But then again the video I posed up a few months back made such fantastic points. In theory I like it. Not sure how it would work in practice.


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