Big Ideas Week 2011

3rd– 7th October 2011 Middle School

In line with our new curriculum framework, students need to be given   opportunities to find, explore and present real world issues. The Big ideas Week is integral to the new curriculum framework in that it allows a deep exploration of the 7 competencies and supports cross curricular connections, higher level innovative thinking and creativity. An important element is the contributor aspect to the week which supports the understanding of cultural diversity and the awareness and impact of the issues on the world around us.

The Week will:

  • Model a real world investigation/issue/problem
  • Actively apply the 7 competencies
  • View world issues from multiple perspectives
  • Work with the multiple intelligence theory, to show that there are more than quantifiable logical/mathematical and linguistic intelligences
  • Research and explore, delve into topic– deep learning rather than surface learning
  • Develop understanding of complexity and connectedness of world issues
  • Present and celebrate their findings
  • Value each individual’s strengths, talents and contribution
  • Be engaging, exciting and stimulating

Grade 8 students will be away on their trip. 6th and 7th grade students will stay with their advisories for the week. The schedule will be collapsed, so that the advisor and the group can plan their projects together and they will have one room as a base. All students will be given a special talk from Sara Franks and Margaret Richardson about Information Literacy at the beginning of the week and we are very lucky to have Nick Payne a visual learning expert to advise and help throughout the week

3 Comments on “Big Ideas Week 2011

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    • Hi Hillary,
      The week went well. We learned a lot and are at the stage of evaluating so that we can prepare for the next planned week in January. The road for the students was very wide with very few signposts and we think that the next one might need a few more signposts to help students move forward with their ideas. Once we have had time to reflect I’ll write another post. Many teachers too found that they were way out of their comfort zone and challenged the way they normally taught. We plan to present our experiences at the ELMLE conference in Prague. We will have completed our second big ideas week by then. Big respect to my staff for giving experimenting. It took a lot of courage and energy! I love your blog. Keep updating. Full of relevant ‘now’ thinking.
      Best wishes. Ben

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