My plan to reform our curriculum | Rosalind Walker

Do you dream about curriculum? I do. I dream and I can see the web of knowledge, and it’s the most beautiful thing. I can see how we touch the universe through our subjects, and my heart soars.

Wherever I look, I see core, hinterland, narrative, organisation, memory, and sequences. If you’re going for a drink with me and you don’t want to hear about declarative and procedural knowledge then bad luck. Curriculum is my king and my country.

But none of this is much good until it’s taken and translated into the T-drive. Lofty ideals need to give us lessons on the ground. Students learn from…

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My plan to reform our science curriculum in 6 hours of department time | Rosalind Walker

Do you dream about curriculum? I do. I dream and I can see the web of knowledge, and it’s the most beautiful thing. I can see how we touch the universe through our subjects, and my heart soars.

Wherever I look, I see core, hinterland, narrative, organisation, memory, and sequences. If you’re going for a drink with me and you don’t want to hear about declarative and procedural knowledge then bad luck. Curriculum is my king and my country.

But none of this is much good until it’s taken and translated into the T-drive. Lofty ideals need to give us lessons on the ground. Students learn from…

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Whole-school curriculum thinking: SCM2: Structure of Knowledge | Rosalind Walker

The second subject character matrix (SCM) in the series is concerned with the structure of the knowledge of a subject. There are two axes: vertical or clustered organisation; and extended or localised links. These axes draw on Bernstein’s horizontal and vertical structures and Maton’s semantic density respectively.

In a knowledge-centred approach (the best way overall), we are concerned with the nature of the knowledge but also its structure. The structure of the knowledge is so important because it is very closely aligned with an expert schema. We know that links and organisation…

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Directory of Curriculum Blogs, Books and Articles | Rosalind Walker

Since we are moving into a new era of curriculum focus in education, and rightly so, there are a growing number of brilliant blogs, books and articles that anyone seeking to take an informed approach to curriculum should read.A number of people have expressed an interest in a centralised directory of these so this is what this post is for. I’ve included everything I’m aware of – please link in the comments if you know of any I’ve missed!

 

Whole-school

Christine Counsell

The UK’s leading voice on curriculum, Christine gets to the heart of what curriculum really means and how it should…

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Directory of Curriculum Blogs, Books and Articles | Rosalind Walker

Since we are moving into a new era of curriculum focus in education, and rightly so, there are a growing number of brilliant blogs, books and articles that anyone seeking to take an informed approach to curriculum should read.A number of people have expressed an interest in a centralised directory of these so this is what this post is for. I’ve included everything I’m aware of – please link in the comments if you know of any I’ve missed!

 

Whole-school

Christine Counsell

The UK’s leading voice on curriculum, Christine gets to the heart of what curriculum really means and how it should…

Continue reading at:
http://bit.ly/2F7CSMT

Curriculum: Truth and Beauty | Rosalind Walker

A while ago I said that science has a unique claim to truth. I was wrong.

After reading Christine Counsell’s article “Taking Curriculum Seriously” I have come to realise that all human endeavour, and therefore the subjects we teach in our schools, are a search for truth, and that the reason we have so many disciplines and subjects is that truth is complicated.

Imagine a person standing in a tall box, with a hole at arm height.

 

The person can’t see out of the box, but they can reach out, and, holding a piece of modelling clay, press it into the surface outside. They can then draw…

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Curriculum: Truth and Beauty | Rosalind Walker

A while ago I said that science has a unique claim to truth. I was wrong.

After reading Christine Counsell’s article “Taking Curriculum Seriously” I have come to realise that all human endeavour, and therefore the subjects we teach in our schools, are a search for truth, and that the reason we have so many disciplines and subjects is that truth is complicated.

Imagine a person standing in a tall box, with a hole at arm height.

 

The person can’t see out of the box, but they can reach out, and, holding a piece of modelling clay, press it into the surface outside. They can then draw…

Continue reading at:
http://bit.ly/2QiG8q2