In early April 2016, I attended the World Educational Summit, where I heard many thought leaders speak about learning.
I would like to share 3 main ideas that I pondered over as I listened to the speakers:
- Emphasis on order and objectivity in curriculum practices.
Dr Eric Mazur noted how in the name of reliability and fairness, schools tend to value assessment structures that enable order and predictability. But problem-solving in a real world occurs amidst erratic and dynamic conditions. Are we then imposing artificiality in learning? Dr Mazur even asserted that the focus on reliability and fairness tilts assessment design to one that favours lower order thinking because complex, higher order thinking may not be adequately captured through standard assessment settings.
So, how do we address this issue? (more…)
|Topic||Graphs of Exponential Functions|
|Enduring Understanding||Models communicate mathematical patterns in quantitative relationships.|
|Essential Question||Can all patterns in quantitative relationships be represented?|
|Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens||Differentiation|
A class of 28 students has completed their study on rules of indices before introducing them to the graphs of exponential functions. Based on the students’ performance in the previous formative assessments and assignments, part of the lesson preparation involves splitting the class into 2 groups according to their perceived readiness in manipulating algebraic expressions by using rules of indices.
After establishing the basic knowledge of exponential graphs, the process of differentiated instruction is demonstrated in two ways: student choice and grouping by readiness.
|Enduring Understanding||1) Loyalty forms the basis of any civilised and humane system of morals.
2) “Loyalty” can only be seen as a virtue if the object of loyalty is good.
|Essential Questions||1)Does modern society continue to value loyalty?
2) What is “loyalty” as a virtue?
3) Is there a need for a moral basis to “loyalty”?
|Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens||Concept-Based Instruction|
Students are required to learn about Yue Fei and “Man Jiang Hong” Poem that he wrote. Through discussing the essential questions, the students will re-define the notion of loyalty in modern context.
Subject: English Language
Level: Year 1
Unit: Reading Comprehension
Topic: Summarising skills
Topical concepts: summary, trivia
Guiding Questions: only on the topical concept of ‘trivia’ because the lesson is focused on the summarising skill of ‘delete trivia’.
- What is trivia? (Factual)
- What counts as trivia? (Conceptual)
- Which writer worth her salt would include trivia in her writing? (Provocative)
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