Thumbs up for C2C ahead of Australian Curriculum
October 19 2011
The halls are alive with the sound of mouse clicks, with thousands of teachers accessing Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) materials on OneSchool this week.
Acting Director-General, Department of Education and Training, Lyn McKenzie, said the comprehensive curriculum package to prepare for the Australian Curriculum had been well received, with the department's web records showing huge volumes of download traffic since the materials were released.
'More than 65 000 C2C units have been viewed or copied so far, and we're receiving positive emails from classroom colleagues who rate the materials highly,' Ms McKenzie said.
'It is important that all teachers let us know their thoughts as they work through the unit plans, lesson overviews, assessment and marking guides and other documents.
'Positive and critical feedback is vital so we can ensure the materials are refined and updated in ways that best supports frontline teachers.'
Accompanying this article is an A3 PDF that explains how to unpack the C2C mathematics exemplars. Further examples and resources are available are available through Curriculum into the classroom on OnePortal (DET employees only).
The Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) project, created by teachers for teachers, gives guidance for the implementation of the Foundation (Prep)-10 Australian Curriculum in English, mathematics and science in 2012, with history to follow in 2013.
Ms McKenzie said all feedback so far had been positive and shared an email from one of the teacher panellists reviewing the materials.
'It said: "The sequence, flow, (and) clear lesson objectives, and the amount of resources included in the planning documents, are outstanding. You would never be able to produce planning documents of the same depth at school. The individual lesson plans are outstanding. Congratulations to the writers, keep up the great work",' Ms McKenzie said.
'Another classroom teacher emailed the department's Director-General Julie Grantham and said: "You spoke about a consistent uniformed approach towards the National Curriculum for all Queensland state schools. After looking at the C2Cs on OneSchool, I am very impressed. Thank you for making this such a priority ... to ensure everyone is working from the same page."
The C2C curriculum package has examples of:
- planning documents that detail what students need to learn - a whole school plan template, year level plans, unit plans, lesson overviews, assessments and marking guides (where applicable)
- how to support student learning - lesson plans and resources
- multi-year level materials - P-7 semester overviews, conceptual maps, unit plans, lesson overviews, assessments and marking guides (where applicable), and lesson resources
- planning materials for differentiation for students with diverse learning needs - model unit plan and example lesson.
Ms McKenzie said the current materials are based on the draft Australian Curriculum developed by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and will continue to be amended and further developed over coming weeks and months.