Presenter Abstract & Bio
Rigorous project based learning: Independent deeper thinking
Jake Schouten, Teacher, Helensvale State High School, Queensland
Conference Focus Area: Empowering students to take control of their own learning
The recent changes to the senior QLD syllabus have necessitated new approaches to curriculum across the state, providing opportunities to re-evaluate both curriculum and teaching practice.
The new standards provide the capacity for a curriculum that empowers students to take control of their own learning, and allows teachers to flexibly respond to student need.
Taking advantage of these changes to the QLD syllabus, in my year 11 Modern History classroom I have developed a curriculum that emphasises rigorous Project-Based Learning methods, combining the cognitive verbs focused on in the new syllabus with the Values of Inquiry developed by the UQ Critical Thinking Project.
The resulting curriculum is flexible and allows students to take control of their learning, uses pedagogical approaches that engage students to be creative and solve current global problems, and provides the opportunity to collect data surrounding student experience and performance.
This workshop will outline this curriculum, its aims, what it looked like in the classroom, and how impact was measured. Those in attendance will be asked to reflect on the pedagogical approaches presented, and to consider how these approaches could be adapted for use in their own pedagogical practice and curriculum design.
Jake Schouten is a History and English teacher in Queensland. He has been teaching for three years and am passionate about curriculum design and the role it can play in shaping the future for students and wider society.