Curriculum Support

This section is designed to help you best utilize the Citizen Schools curriculum. Every teacher develops a different strategy and certain classes will respond best to specific types of activities. The supplemental material will allow you to delve deeper into the basics of the lessons.

 

GAMES & ICEBREAKERS:

 a large group of students surround a painting of the buddha that they are collaborating on.

 a large group of students surround a painting of the buddha that they are collaborating on.

 

WOW!

You've heard about the WOW! since day one and now you get to help make one yourself.  While preparing your curriculum or reading your pre-built plans, consider the following questions: 

four students' backs are to us as they present their WOW! project to a filled auditorium.

four students' backs are to us as they present their WOW! project to a filled auditorium.

 

What do you think students should accomplish by the end of the semester?
What do you think is the most important
question they should answer?
Is the end goal relatable and exciting for a
middle-school student?

 

 

Teaching Peer Review

When you move into WOW! season in the last weeks of your apprenticeship, peer critique and review are essential skills for your students to practice.  Below are a few links to sources that will help you teach critique.  

 

WHAT ARE 21st CENTURY SKILLS?

Every day we use various skills to effectively contribute to and engage with our world.  Many of those we were never explicitly taught in school and are what we call 21st Century Skills.  Specifically they are the ability to COMMUNICATE effectively, engage in PROBLEM-SOLVING, develop INNOVATIVE ideas, & COLLABORATE to learn and achieve.  These are abilities we are developing in the students we work with and we need your help.  

You've chosen a 21st Century Skill to focus on in your apprenticeship and that should be the showcase of your students' WOW!  Your skill can as a result, be a helpful home base for your ideas around WOW! activities.  For example, if you have your Skill chosen, think about how it can be best displayed in a presentation to parents and the greater community at the WOW!


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CITIZEN SCHOOLS RESOURCES:

Quick links for reference and inspiration.

THE SHERIDAN CENTER FOR TEACHING & LEARNING:

This resource includes in depth descriptions of common activities used in Citizen Schools curriculum.

EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING:

Their extensive video library covers everything from curriculum support to professional development and school culture.