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Curriculum Models

Problem Based Learning:

What types of professional development do you think you would need in order to successfully implement PBL in your classroom?

  • Teachers need to fully understand what PBL–it is more involved than just solving a problem
  • What you put into it, you get out of it
  • Goes beyond the basic requirements of the standards
  • Promotes student engagement because it is not boring, monotonous work

Why is collaboration important between teachers as well as teacher and student relationships in order for PBL to be successful?

  • You have to build rapport and strong connections with your students in order for them to feel any pull or motivation to go beyond the minimum requirement
  • Students have to feel like they can take risks and potentially fail and it be ok…or this type of learning is useless

I think that this is my favorite type of learning experience, and the one that I see myself making use of this school year.


Charter Schools

I am so skeptical of this model. My county is opening a charter school this fall for the arts. It looks amazing on paper. Wide open spaces, lots of windows, non-traditional learning experiences. All the stuff that looks great on a pamphlet. But who gets to go there? They say it is inclusive, but look at the demographics. I think it just gives the privilege more privilege, but that is my biased opinion that I can go on and on about.

  • How do you think a child could benefit from attending a publicly funded charter school?
    • Charter schools have more freedom to be innovative with their teaching and practices
    • Builds strong parent, school, and community relationships

Comprehensive Schools

This structure reminded me slightly of the German School System where students test into vocational tracks and attend a school pertaining to those interests, or they test into a more academic model. Either way, each student received an educational experience that equipped them for their future career path. Comprehensive school, however, accept all students no matter their ability level. I am a little confused to how this is different (at its core) from what is here in the US.

  • What role does race, gender, and social class inequalities play in the comprehensive school model?

    • Up until the end of WWII, the UK was a very class based society. If you were rich, you got all the opportunity. If you were poor, you remained poor.
    • Comprehensive schools were created to allow equal educational experiences for all students–no matter race, gender, and social class inequalities.
    • Creates a common culture amongst community

The comprehensive schools vs. grammar schools can be a similar debate to  charter school vs. public school. Does separate education need to happen? Does it create feelings of elitist? It is interesting that this is a global education issue.


International Baccalaureate Program (MYP) 

  • allows students to make practical connections to the real word in their studies
  • promotes lifelong learning
  • explores global challenges and critical thinking
  • Would you support your respective school implementing the MYP?
    • YES. I say this whenever someone brings up an IB program. The MYP is incredible for students. Why not make learning relevant?
    • Hilsman Middle School does a solid job implementing the MYP and many schools could follow this model
    • Students of all levels find elements of success
    • Long process to get certified, but jump the hoops and get it done
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