When context overshadows concepts

img_2387 One of the most enjoyable (and challenging) parts of teaching is taking statements from the curriculum and finding a context for children to make sense of those big ideas.

Learning about how energy is converted and transferred – build circuits and wave machines.

How markets content people and products – form businesses and be entrepreneurs.

Yet as we come to the end of the year review, I find myself already thinking about ‘the water unit,’ ‘the Singapore unit’ – it can be very easy to find yourself thinking in terms of the context that those big ideas get forgotten about.

As we plan next year, a more important question than ‘what worked in this unit?’ would be to ask ‘what’s happening in the world right now?’

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