This post, the first in an occasional series, provides a framework for infusing rigor and relevance into a standards-based curriculum by looking for opportunities to help gifted students develop conceptual understanding and requiring them to use that understanding in the context of real-world problems.
Problem-based learning may be open-ended and ill-structured, but problem scenarios require well-defined characters, plot, and setting. Setting the scene right–with high-stakes, high-impact specifics–helps students understand the importance of the conundrum they’re about to tackle. What elements are key to your scenarios?
This post provides a rationale for pushing outside our comfort zones when it comes to our personal point of view and crafting a more diverse and inclusive curriculum. As educators, in honor of Black History Month, we can reflect on our points of view, celebrate diversity, see whiteness, and read with abandon. This post is the first in a series.