Welcome to the Sask Teaching Network wiki!
We are in a province that is small on numbers, but big on open space, in more ways than one. There are teachers out there that don’t see each other face to face very often, but would like to share with each other – to learn from each other – all we have to do is contribute. The power of one – one contribution each. The power of many – if every teacher contributed one lesson, unit, activity, idea – we would have an accumulation of 12 000 items. Doesn’t sound so hard does it? Let’s go!
Where to Start?
Try to put each new item on a separate page – otherwise the pages will get huge – at least they would if this thing catches on! Then put a link to that page under unit that it belongs in. This is an open wiki, anyone can edit it, so go hard. Feel free to add whatever you want, including to the navigation on the side (ie – want some pages about conferences, PLCs, PD, etc – add away)
Today the north half of Prairie South School Division met in Moose Jaw to work together as grade-alike learning communities. Cycles, cycles; when I began my career in 1983 (well it started two years earlier in Nigeria) the province was moving into a period of dramatic curriculum reform. Exciting times for me as a young teacher. I embraced the changes with little reservation. Reform has returned.
The documents we worked with were almost a summary. The complete package is on line (and still under development). The new curriculum is flexible and far more student centered. Ownership is intended and to facilitate this students need to understand the outcomes. Today we met to take the outcomes, what a student is expected to know and be able to do, and “unpack” the indicators. Indicators are examples of ways students might be asked to demonstrate achievement. “Unpack” essentially means translating the language of the curriculum document into student friendly language. This took us much of the day. Why the indicators were not written in student friendly language in the first place remains a mystery to me but I think it was time well spent.
Hundreds of teachers were gathered for this and we only commenced the process for a single course in each year. Our southern colleagues will continue this task later this month and we will return to it twice more. The process is being carried out in one manner or another across Saskatchewan. That seems too fragmented to me and the effort is focussed on Math and Language Arts at the moment. I predict curriculum renewal exhaustion before we tackle half of the curriculum.
Something needs to be done to bring all this together. I’d like to promote a wiki where we can collaborate. I think wikipedia gives us a vision of what is possible. saskteachingnetwork has fallen into disuse I think and the original team deserves help. “Unpacking” indicators, identifying key concepts, and developing assessments for these student learning outcomes is the teacher’s responsibility. We could bring that together in a wikispace built by hundreds of teachers. Think about it and spread the word.