Applications of Curriculum Thinking

This summer, I have had the opportunity to take a course focused on learning about how curricular frameworks can help us understand the interconnected structures of planning, instruction, and assessment. Along with my fellow course participants, I looked at broad philosophical foundations that underpin curriculum planning such as perennialism, reconstructionism, essentialism, and progressivisim.  These philosophies … More Applications of Curriculum Thinking

Planning, Instruction, and Assessment Approaches in Different Curricular Designs

Teachers today are tasked with preparing students for an increasingly uncertain future. For example, the changing technological landscape has seen some jobs become less relevant, while new jobs have emerged or expanded.  The 21st century is also seeing changes beyond employment, and students need to be prepared to engage as change agents in dynamic, democratic … More Planning, Instruction, and Assessment Approaches in Different Curricular Designs

Effective Feedback to Support Self-Regulated Learning

I was recently asked to consider the benefits of self-regulated learning in my teaching context, and to think about its implementation. One of the key benefits of SRL that I highlighted, was that it encourages mastery goal setting that focus on learning over performance. That is, it encourages students to develop awareness of their own … More Effective Feedback to Support Self-Regulated Learning

Collaborative Inquiry Cultures

Creating a culture of collaborative inquiry is a ‘wicked’ problem. The barriers that inhibit the promotion of such a culture are ambiguous, and are therefore especially difficult to resolve. The key element required to facilitate the adoption of a culture of collaborative inquiry in a school is trust.  Teachers must constantly investigate challenging questions that … More Collaborative Inquiry Cultures

Data and Professional Learning

During the collaborative inquiry process data is used to define the problem, question current teaching practice, and ultimately to form recommendations. In this way, data use needs to be a critical consideration when engaging in professional inquiry.  As Katz and Dack suggest, teachers shouldn’t necessarily learn about data use as a technical skill. Instead, they … More Data and Professional Learning

Goal-Setting and Self-Efficacy

In his article, Goal setting and self-efficacy during self-regulated learning, Dale Schunk breaks down the processes which consist of self-regulation, namely, self-observation, self-judgement and self-reaction. The profound effect that these processes have on students’ self-efficacy and motivation is critical to understanding the importance of self-regulated learning. Of particular interest to me, was the fact that self-evaluation of … More Goal-Setting and Self-Efficacy