As COETAIL course four draws to a close, participants were asked to draw up a proposal/plan for course five’s final project – designing, teaching and reflecting upon a unit incorporating the learning from the previous four COETAIL courses.
My Teaching Context
I teach and lead the grade four team at an IB PYP curriculum international school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The team is comprised of mostly new homeroom teachers with varying degrees of experience with the PYP.
These perspectives provide a great opportunity to design and construct new, contextual units that are relevant to the learners that are “ours” and not just “this is what we did previously.”
So whilst this assignment asks for a unit of teaching that is self-designed, it is not that simple in my context. This is a good thing. Whilst I will do my best to persuade my team to use some or all of these ideas, here are some factors that may shift the outcome/trajectory of the unit:
COETAIL Learning Transfer
Key learning from COETAIL that I have intentionally embedded in this proposed unit are:
The Proposed Unit
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A Guiding Precept for this Unit
It’s important to address that a key desired outcome of this unit is for students to understand the shared or collective responsibility piece in terms of how humans can be actionable at taking steps towards climate change. Since this unit has the potential to be “doom and gloom” for our students, I always like to lead any “Sharing the Planet” planning with this excellent quote from environmental educator and author, David Sobel.