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Facilitators: Zoe Branigan-Pipe and Ben Hazzard

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The purpose of this Wikispace is to provide a place for educators to share, take, change, and collaborate on a variety of lessons and ideas that have a Big Idea focus and follow the process of a Teaching and Learning Critical Pathway. CONSIDER sharing this resource with your staff and spread the BIG IDEA.

Why?


According to the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat of Ontario, which has implemented the Capacity Building Series for all Ontario Schools, "Students will require an education that has a solid foundation on basic literacy and numeracy skills but also supports deep thinking and action –an education that values and understands the human condition. This is about a type of education that prepares students to survive and thrive in the 21st century and to make positive and lasting contributions to their world."

"The basic idea of the pathway is that classroom practice can be organized in a practical, precise
and highly personalized manner for each student, with the intended outcome being increased
achievement for all students. The model which sequences the work of each PLC is an
organizer for deep learning and inquiry. However, it should be noted that a teaching-learning
pathway is not simply a technical exercise. It also involves new ways of working together."

(Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Ontario)In Review....

  • For the past TWO YEARS, educators across Ontario have participated in the Teaching and Learning Critical Pathway (TLCP) CYCLE inspired by a strategy presented by Michael Fullan, Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola in their book Breakthrough, is designed as the work of the professional learning community (PLC)
  • By working in Professional Learning Communities, educators across Ontario have participated in the process of creating classroom instruction through the TLCP.
  • Teachers planned a six week learning block with a BIG IDEA focus and used data to inform their teaching of curriculum expectations.
  • Teachers and administrators have participated in the process of moderation of student work.

What 3 takeaways do we wish for our students? (submitted by in-session participants at EduCon2.2)

ADD SOME BIG IDEAS....HELP TEACHERS EVERYWHERE PUT RELEVANCY AND MEANING INTO THEIR CLASSROOM. DOUBLE CLICK ANYWHERE ON THIS WIDGET and WRITE a topic that can be used cross-curricular.





ASK YOURSELF:


  • Does your classroom/school focus on the type of skills you see your students needing as they progress in their learning?
  • Are your teaching students to analyze, synthesize and criticize?
  • Do your lessons and objectives focus on real world, authentic and meaningful subjects? Do you provide time and resources to allow students to reflect on these subjects so that they can make their own meaning?
  • What challenges have you faced in implementing a Big Idea framework into your curriculum and lessons?