PLEASE READ THIS STATEMENT ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND THEIR PURPOSE
Officers from Curriculum K-12 Directorate have been working with a number of schools on a programming project. The purpose of the project has been to take the programming focus off the restrictive, often slavish, following of every dot point in the old syllabuses to focus on the big picture learning and to incorporate the elements of the Quality teaching document into student tasks to increase the significance of the learning for students.
The programs are NOT lesson plans and do not contain the excessive detail and overlays of some programs that have developed in the HSIE subjects. They have a simple format that provides a small number of large tasks to cover the learn about and learn to statements for each topic.
In using these programs students take more responsibility for their learning, work more in groups and have greater choice about what case studies and examples they engage. Teachers can act more as facilitators, but will still need to intervene in the learning to teach explicitly concepts, skills and terminology when students find difficulty within particular tasks. All the tasks can be used for assessment for or assessment of learning purposes. Teachers can use the tasks to provide feedback to students and assess the products and processes of the task for the purpose of recording data that will be used for school reporting purposes. When using the tasks in these ways for assessment, there is no need to create additional assessment tasks and end of topic tests are not needed because teachers will have already the assessment information needed for school reporting.
Schools can add their own resources and vary the ICT suggestions, within the syllabus requirements, to match their school resources. While every attempt has been made to cover all the syllabus requirements, the units have not as yet been trialled in classrooms. Feedback is welcomed and adjustments will be made to improve the units in response to feedback. Watch for updates.
John Gore CEO, HSIE
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