Assignment 2(a): Rationale & Learning

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Assignment 2(a): Rationale & Learning objectives for differentiated unit

Refer to the unit planning template provided. This assignment asks you to complete the first 3 sections of the template, which includes general information about the unit, the Unit Overview and Stage 1.

The focus questions for this assignment include:

1.     Who are the students for whom I am planning this unit of work?

2.     What area of learning and specific AC content is planned?

3.     Which of the parallels (PCM) are being included?

4.     What over-arching concept(s) will frame this unit of work?

5.     What are the learning objectives? (expressed in KUD/KDU format)

6.     Why should students engage with this area of learning (in general) and this unit of work (in particular)?

 

 

Assignment 2a: Rationale & Learning Objectives for PCM Unit

 Graded: HD, DN, CR, P, F

 Weighting: 30%

Length: Approximately 800 words for rationale

 Due Date: 14th May by 9am

 

 

ASSIGNMENT 2(a): RATIONALE & OBJECTIVES FOR A PCM DIFFERENTIATED UNIT (30%)

 

(approximately 800 words for the rationale section (Q.6), due 14th May by 9am) This assignment is designed to focus your ideas on a specific context and group of students as you start to develop a differentiated unit of work (assignment 2b). It starts from a student-centred perspective, aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) first standard: know the students and how they learn (AITSL, 2011). In this topic, the expectation is that you know your students and how they learn, including your gifted students, and plan differentiated units of work that provide all your students with appropriately challenging, high quality learning experiences. According to the AC Student Diversity Advice (ACARA) All students are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning programs drawn from a challenging curriculum that addresses their individual learning needs.

 When planning high quality curriculum, it is essential to focus on the learning rather than the content, thinking about what students will uncover rather than what the teacher will cover in the unit. So prior to developing your unit, consider the students, the significance/relevance of the content for them, what you want them to learn and understand, and why it matters. Many unit plans can describe good answers to the what to learn and the how to learn it dimensions. This assignment asks you to address the questions who are the learners? what learning do I intend this unit will provide for them and why should they learn this?

For a starting point in preparing this assignment, go to your chosen Australian Curriculum (AC) learning area that you will be using for this assignment. Read through the rationale section for your specific learning area for a broad idea of the intended learning across the F-10 curriculum. There might be other ACARA Shape papers or subject-specific rationale documents to inform your background research. Read also the Ascending Intellectual Demand chapter in the text-book for a stronger sense of the learning progression that the AC intends. The textbook looks at several learning areas in detail in addition to the general ideas about the novice to expert continuum. Prior to planning your unit, you must know the content and how to teach it (APST 2, AITSL, 2011), but this assignment asks you to understand what I call the so what factor how will the knowledge, skills and understandings developed in this planned unit of work connect with your students lives and enhance their development and well-being?

The focus questions for this assignment are:

1. Who are the students for whom I am planning this unit of work?

2.  What area of learning and specific AC content is planned?

3.  Which of the parallels (PCM) are being included?

4. What over-arching concept(s) will frame this unit of work?

5 What are the learning objectives? (expressed in KUD/KDU format)

5. Why should gifted students engage with this area of learning (in general) and this unit of work (in particular)?

 You will note that the first 4 questions require quite straight-forward information that can be mapped into the unit design template provided on FLO. The final 2 questions are critical in determining your grade because these questions require deep thinking and application of knowledge.

Originally posted 2018-04-21 18:43:42.

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