The Curriculum Catalyst – Stage 2 – Contribute Your Ideas

The Curriculum Catalyst is about the online education community coming together to produce practical resources that we can all use to support curriculum development.

At the end of last weekend the Catalyst had over 280 topic ideas for the curriculum and over 70 people had voted more that 3000 times for a top topic. It turned out to be SEALIFE and since then I have created an open Google Document to collate our ideas for the topic. (Stage 2)

The document already has over 50 crowd-sourced sealife ideas (thanks for your help so far) for teaching and learning including:

  • Subject specific lesson activities
  • Books to support the Sealife topic
  • Web based resources
  • Details of the Ocean layer in Google Earth
  • Nintendo Wii games that can be used
  • Possibilities for places to visit in the UK
  • DVD titles

I hope that it proves useful in sparking some ideas for you and your staff. Please consider adding a short idea to the document to continue developing it. Don’t forget to just explore the 280+ topic ideas themselves (and vote), maybe there is something there you haven’t thought of.

After a week, so this Sunday, I will repeat the process for the next highest voted topic and create a new ideas document to work on. Currently “Imaginary Creatures” is in the lead. All of the weekly docs will be linked from my blog’s Curriculum Catalyst page.

  1. Is there a program where students can construct a sentence in a diagram format and then have the program edit grammar, syntax, alternative structuring for varying a sentence-and use synonyms to teach students to widen their word usage?

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  3. I'm fascinated by this process and wondering what the driver is behind the vote for `imaginary creatures'? Is this coming from children or teachers?

  4. Hi Tom – this is coming together really well. I found myself gravitating to the idea of `Oceans, seas and sea-life' as this lends itself much more to geographical (and historical) thinking too. I also wanted to inject ideas that encouraged an `enquiry' approach to learning (as I feel I'm seeing far too little of this in the schools I have contact with recently). I also think that Philosophy for Children (P4C) has so much to offer and can encourage high levels of debate and thinking. `Learning and Thinking Skills' should play such a prominent part in the `Essentials for learning and life' aspect of the New Primary Curriculum.

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