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Re: Curriculum Issues: Themes and Sceduling

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Roy Liebergen (rllieber)
Sun, 02 Mar 1997 10:31:14 -0600

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I am in a school this year that does one school-wide theme a year. This
year it is rainforests. It is an amazing amount of work. Our school
deals with this by having school-wide planning of the unit. Everyone
gets together and decides which class is going to do what, then everyone
pitches in. We are even creating a musical as a culminating activity,
and the phy ed teacher is helping make a great kapok tree. My major
concern is that the students do the majority of the work, and I am still
working out the logistics of that for my classes.

I am doing rainsticks with all my classes (that's why I asked that
question about rainsticks, I don't like doing "projects" in isolation,
that is, without some history or valid relationship to the theme).

Once a theme is established, the ideas seem to flow.

I have also done themes just in the art room (not school-wide). I just
finished one on Egypt. All the classes participated and then we had an
open house in the evening, the students were guides and answered
questions for the guests. It was very successful.

While I enjoy working on themes, I sometimes get a little bored and
imagine the students do too, so we take some time off and pursue other
interests for a week or two then return to the theme. This helps us
meet the curriculum too.

Carol


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