ED 200 Week Four Part 1 (Fall 2020)

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well.

If you haven’t done so, please send your Second Response Question Set (questions 1 – 46) to me. Thanks.

Today we will be starting our Third Response Question Set.


Communities and Curriculum

We have been giving quite a bit of thought to curriculum, project-based learning, and thinking. I would like to have you consider another idea where community issues are directly related to the curriculum.

Think of this statement for a moment:

[This is] a new and exciting curriculum. A curriculum that you has you learn math, writing, reading, science by helping solve problems in your community.

Is it possible to learn subject area content by connecting it to real-life community problems? Is it possible to embed subject area content into community issues?

Furthermore, we might want to ask ourselves why we would want to connect community to curriculum. Do students learn more? Do students learn differently? Do students enjoy having community purpose and goals? These are some of the ideas that you will start to become familiar with as you review this documentary.

Here are a couple of things to consider when you watch this documentary.

1) What sorts of community issues are begin tackled by the students?

2) Are the student’s engaged?




Communities as Classrooms

This program follows producer Bob Gliner as he introduces an educational experiment in participatory democracy at four schools in El Salvador that can serve as a model here in the U.S. — where viewers see students become actively engaged in solving problems in their own communities, not as an extra-curricular activity, but as part of learning math, language, writing and other basic educational skills – skills they see as necessary to solving the issues their communities face.

Third Question Response Set

Question 1: Students are asked:

What if you make the issues that you face in the community part of what you study at school? You’re motivated, you feel you have to come to school, because if you don’t come to school, you won’t be able to solve these problems. If you’d like to give your opinion about issues facing the school and the community, please raise your hand.”

What are some of the problems that the students identified that needed to be changed?

Question 2: In your opinion, should our classrooms be working on real-life community problems? Why or why not?

Question 3: Can you think of three more community issues, or real-life community problems that might be appropriate for students to work on?

Question 4: If you were at teacher, would you try to create learning environments that were closely aligned to community issues? Why or why not?

These responses will be due November 2nd. Don’t forget that you will have more responses to add to these 🙂

That’s all for today.