Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Summer Break & Year in Review

The Adaptive and Innovative Practices blog will take a break over the summer as students and teachers do some reading and journaling through the ACDS Reading and Response program. If you are new to this blog, look to go back to the first post at the start of the school year. You will find the reasoning behind the piloting of the iPads, the development of a new curriculum development system, the use of a content management system (Haiku) and the further shifting our curriculum towards many of the buzzwords in education (i.e., project-inquiry-concept based learning, skills for collaboration-critical thinking-communication-problem-solving, etc.). The reality for our students is that we really are following through on our learning goals. You can find documentation of these efforts as you work through the posts from the year.

One of the drivers of how we design and implement our curriculum is the Understanding by Design (UbD) approach to curriculum development. We adapted the provided UbD unit planning template to meet our specific needs with a specific focus on our Portrait of a Graduate attributes and our Information and Communication Literacies (ICL) curriculum. Here is a link to the template for educators from other schools to draw from and adapt to their needs.