The Deeper Learning in Christian Schools Institute is spent designing curriculum that provokes complex thinking, inspires beautiful work, and forms Christlike character in the students.
The Invitation to Learn
In my previous blog, “The Hook: What’s in a Name?” I promised to share some ideas about creating engaging invitations to learn. I’ve worked with many teachers designing deeper learning projects that invite students to do “real work for real people.” One challenge we always encounter is linking the service component of the project to the standards and skills that … Read More
What if (Christian) education is not primarily about the absorption of ideas and information, but about the formation of hearts and desires? What if (Christian) education was primarily concerned with shaping our hopes and passions –our visions of the ‘good life’? What if the primary work of (Christian) education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of … Read More
Thinking Christianly in Curriculum Design
Ralph Tyler, Hilda Taba, and Philip Jackson (with the latter’s reminder that even our definitions are a reflection of our worldviews), are some of the gurus of curriculum design. Their ideas, whether we realize it or not, have helped shape our contemporary understanding of curriculum, including the curriculum construction and application process. For example, Tyler’s work over half a century … Read More