Videos: teachers on context + cross-curricular learning

27 October 2017. Teachers Sarah Howell and Catherine Hunter talk about aspects of teaching which engage students within rich learning processes.

Video: Sarah Howell talks about how choosing a context relevant to the lives of students is an important way in which teachers can increase student engagement, leading to deeper learning outcomes.

Key concepts: Student engagement, prior knowledge, making connections, statistical enquiry

Sarah is Kaihautū Mātauranga Pāngarau (leader of Mathematics and Statistics curriculum) for Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu. She has published (via the Education Portal) curriculum resources to support Mathematics and Statistics learning at the secondary level. These support the statistics enquiry cycle and include datasets. Sarah is also adapting these resources for students of Te Kura.

Her curriculum resources are available here:

Mathematics secondary curriculum resources

Video: Catherine Hunter discusses the practicalities of cross-curricular learning in the middle years, with safe road use as a context for student projects.

Key concepts: Cross-curricular learning, SOLO Taxonomy, road safety, digital outcomes

Catherine is a science teacher at Mission Heights Junior College, a Years 7-10 school in East Auckland. Finding new and exciting contexts to drive classroom learning is a passion for Catherine. She contributes to science education at the regional level.

A case study of her work with students is here:

Year 7 class puts science learning into motion