Don’t you just love the exclusive nature of initialisms and acronyms – in education speak we seem to love them.  IB (itself  an initialism) has in English A alone the IOC, IOP, FOA, WT1 and WT2, IA, PLA, PLT enough to confuse the average student/parent.  “IGCSE meets CBL” actually means – in order to address the essential needs of the Cambridge course of standard level education it is possible to make the work more interesting by applying 21st century skills through challenge based learning. Thus allowing students to own and engage with in the information on which they write.  You can see why we use abbreviations really.

That said – here is my lesson plan (actually 7 lessons) for this first CoETaiL course.  It is (as the title suggests) for my IGCSE class and uses Challenge based learning to inspire informative writing with a real purpose.

Jo CoETaIL Lesson Plans by

P.S. I am posting this after having taught the first 3 sessions of this mini unit and so far so good.  The kids primarily seem really engaged.  There has been a buzz in the lesson and some great critical thinking.  There are six groups working on different projects with only two that slightly overlap.  The challenge questions made by the sudents are:

Can teenagers live without technology for a week?

Is Seoul Foreign School prepared to deal with the consequences of natural disasters?

Is there a correlation between the price and quality of the food we eat?

Should Religion have a place in schools?

Is there a correlation between crime and gun laws in different countries?

Are we pressurized into using Social media and is it worth it?

I think these are interesting ideas and the students have planned a range of research methods to investigate their projects.

The progress of these projects is being recorded on their Haiku site and once I have spoken to Paul Sanderson about how this can be done I will allow access to that wikiproject for anyone to see the progress.  I have great expectations that these coursework pieces are going to be far more interesting to read.

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