Core Materials

An Overview of the Core Materials

There are three core texts that provide central support to teacher professional development workshops:

1. Introductory Core Text

This booklet introduces teachers to relevant knowledge, teaching methods and assessment practices that will enable them to teach the existing environmental content in the CAPS more confidently and successfully.

2. Methods and Processes to Support Change-Oriented Learning

This booklet is about methods and processes to support change-oriented learning towards better environmental sustainability practices. The booklet aims to enrich and broaden our methodological frameworks so we can use methods with greater educational intent.

3. Framing Active Teaching and Learning in CAPS

This booklet provides teachers with a simple structure to think through the learning processes associated with a content referenced curriculum. It aims to share how we can teach well within the new curriculum framework.

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Group Activity 10: Engaging with the Core Materials

The Fundisa for Change Core Materials were the first resources developed for and by the network, and aim to get us as facilitators, to think about our own orienting ideas when we work with teachers around ESD content.

In your groups, complete exercises 2 (pg. 3) and 3 (pg. 5) in the Introductory Core Text.

Make a note of any key points or areas that are missing from this introduction to the orienting ideas of Fundsa for Change.

We strongly encourage you to engage with the rest of the exercises in the Introductory Core Text in your own time.

Group Activity 11: Methods and Processes to Support Teaching and Learning

Read pages 2-8 in the Methods and Processes to Support Change Oriented Learning resource.

Individually, create a map that illustrates the range of teaching methods you currently use in your teaching practice. Add in some links between sequences and combinations of methods that you prefer using, and add a few notes on why you prefer to do it in this way.

When you are done, share your maps with another colleague in your group – try to focus on explaining why you use certain methods, and in particular, what their pedagogic purpose is for you.