Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

How Do We Prepare Students for a Complex World?

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Bonus: If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, sign up for Julie Stern’s free webinar, Teaching Big Ideas for Real-World Transfer of Learning. Educators today seem to be faced with a choice: continue teaching centuries-old ways of organizing the world through traditional disciplines such as mathematics and… Continue reading How Do We Prepare Students for a Complex World?

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

This post first appeared on Corwin Connect. On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, making outer space the next battleground of the Cold War. It also sent a shockwave through the American public that demanded improvements in U.S. schools. With current tensions with North Korea, a renewed civil rights battle, and incomprehensible tragedies like… Continue reading 3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Concepts and the IB

I'm a fan of the International Baccalaureate Program. I love the commitment to building a better world through education. I love the inquiry process of learning and the dedication to improving the quality of student thinking. Most of all, I love that the curriculum is grounded in the desire for students to gain conceptual understanding of… Continue reading Concepts and the IB

News and Trends, Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

21st Century Learning: Don’t Dump the Disciplines

I'm enrolled in a couple online workshops to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Program and yesterday had to watch the this Tedx Talk by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs who asserts that the current curriculum is preparing kids for 1992. It's a fairly short talk but full of ideas and suggestions such as more authentic assessments… Continue reading 21st Century Learning: Don’t Dump the Disciplines

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Advanced Concept-Based Workshop

Have you been working with concepts in your curriculum for a while? Have you already received training on concept-based curriculum and would like to explore more deeply how to assess it and how to introduce it to students? This is the workshop for you! Participants will leave with concrete examples, templates and the start of… Continue reading Advanced Concept-Based Workshop

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

What does a concept-based classroom look like?

The most important point to remember for a concept-based classroom is that the students come up with the generalization of conceptual understanding! That is why Guiding Questions are so important. A key component of unit planning is writing factual, conceptual and provocative questions that correspond to the generalization and lead students to discover it. You… Continue reading What does a concept-based classroom look like?

News and Trends, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Best. High school course. Ever.

Due to my husband's job, we move around a lot. Like to West Africa and South America. So I thought it would be a good idea to get to know the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. I've been reading about the course called Theory of Knowledge and I went to observe it last week. The purpose… Continue reading Best. High school course. Ever.

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Throwback Tuesday: The Power of the Conceptual Lens

This is one of our most popular posts from Dr. H. Lynn Erickson, first published on April 23, 2013. Enjoy! Today we are honored to have as guest blogger Lynn Erickson, author, trainer and creator of a systematic method for designing curriculum called Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction. The Power of a Conceptual Lens by  Lynn… Continue reading Throwback Tuesday: The Power of the Conceptual Lens

News and Trends, Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Trending: The International Baccalaureate

The number of schools joining the International Baccalaureate consortium in the United States has tripled in the last 10 years. The worldwide growth rate over the last five years is 12% overall and over 20% for the primary years program. So, what exactly is IB and why is it growing in popularity? The IB program… Continue reading Trending: The International Baccalaureate