Teacher's ‘how to’

You will need to explore the ‘Teachers’ Online Toolkit’ section of each principle to familiarise yourself with the suggested process and corresponding materials, before directing your students online.

When introducing your students to the activities, it is important to emphasize information use rather than information gathering. With each principle, students are provided with online resources and are asked to use this information constructively to solve the ‘Big Question’, rather than cutting and pasting material into an assignment.

Most of the activities are group work with the task frequently being split into roles; there are however some solo activities, particularly during the ‘Pray/Reflect’ stage.

Structure

This Online Toolkit has four essential parts:

  1. Introduction: Create your introduction to the chosen CST principle by reading the brief description and related ‘Big Question’. Explain to students that they will complete various tasks to deepen their understanding of the principle and find their own answer to the question.
  2. Task, Process and Resources (the 'Learning Experience'): The formal description of what the students will explore and produce and the steps they should take to accomplish the task. Any resources the students should use are incorporated as links within this section, as well as listed in the ‘Student Links’ section at the bottom of every principle so that you can direct students online if you want.
  3. Assessment of Learning: Create your own evaluation aligned with the curriculum; the various tasks the students will be completing within the unit should form part of their assessment. For curriculum links, see the Teacher Links section in each principle.
  4. Conclusion: Use the ‘Pray/Reflect’ time for personal reflection and small group or whole class debrief discussions.

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