Designing an Effective Central Idea

This week we’ve been working out what a central idea is all about and how to work out whether a central idea is a good one or not…

Firstly, we did some human graphing based on central ideas to work out who thought that they were good and why. Then we learnt about the criteria that make a central idea effective. These are the criteria that we have learnt to consider. Central ideas need to be; written in a neutral voice that does not convey value, invite a range of responses, relevant to the theme, promote conceptual understanding, globally significant, challenging and extending, and a statement written in one sentence.

Armed with this knowledge and understanding we wrote our own central ideas and then looked at each other’s. It was hard at first but after we considered a few it became easier. As a group we identified three central ideas that we thought would work with a bit of tweaking…

The tweaking didn’t take too long and before we knew it we had a central idea that we could test against our topics. It worked for all the topics!

The central idea for our exhibition is; the wellbeing of citizens is affected by the action and inaction of individuals and communities.

Academic Honesty

As we are now gathering a lot of information from Primary and Secondary Sources, we need to make sure that we reference the information we get so that we don’t use copyrighted information and/or someone else’s work and claim it as ours.

We revisited the concept and importance of academic honesty today and signed a declaration that we would demonstrate academic honesty throughout our exhibition.

Here is a copy of our declaration.

Provocation – Guest Speakers

This week has been an exciting and busy one as we welcomed a variety of ‘experts’ in their fields into our school to share their knowledge and provoke our thinking into the theme of how we organise ourselves, and the issue of marginalised groups (of all types).

Our visitors included Mrs Rose (Refuge), Mrs Gresham (Anglicare), Mr Guest (Ku-ring-gai Council), Mr Mahoney (Cerebral Palsy Alliance), Mr Menzies (Surf Life Saving and CPA) and the Hon. Paul Fletcher (Local Member).

Each speaker added to our individual and collective understanding of our central idea and the issues that we’ve raised in our discussions. It was inspiring to hear what’s happening in our world and how action is leading to change and the care of those in need.

Getting Ready to Start Inquiring…

We’ve spent several sessions revisiting the Exhibition and considering what it is and what it isn’t…

We know that we’ll need to demonstrate our knowledge by using all the transdisciplinary skills, concepts, attitudes and learner profile attributes throughout our unit of inquiry.

We’ll also need to consider what action could arise from our inquiry which is a really important aspect of this process.

So now we’re ready to starting developing a central idea for the whole class, to decide on our topics and to plan our units of inquiry. There are definitely exciting times ahead!