ImagineIT - Phase 4
The goal of my ImagineIt project is to enable my students to develop an understanding that there is a cycle of interconnectedness that encourages sustainable life. Change is going to occur and has consequences that affect life functions. To accomplish my goal, students will study in science the topic of energy, specifically renewable energy. The use of renewable energy is becoming more and more popular around the world. Renewable energy is energy produced from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, water, geothermal heat and various forms of biomass.
The dilemmas of Curriculum and Instruction is a stumbling block I will encounter as I implement my ImagineIt project. According to Anna Ershler Richert, author of What Should I Do? Confronting Dilemmas of Teaching in Urban Schools, “Curriculum development – deciding what and how to teach – is at the heart of good teaching.” I know what to teach I need to figure out how to teach the required standards and also prepare my students for standardize testing in science. My class time is limited and structured to meet the requirements of IB MYP, NGSS, and CPS. To combat this problem, I will examine the pacing of the content I need to cover in my classes. I can anticipate that if I closely examine the requirements all the programs that I am covering the material that my students will need to be successful.
As I move forward with implementing my project, I anticipate I will face the Assessment dilemma. Assessment can mean so many things but must not be subjective. It is difficult not to fall into the trap of “personality grading.” If the student is nice and compliant, nice personality; they tend to get grades based on their behavior not based on class performance. I will target this dilemma by using rubrics for all summative assessments.