ASILE conference presentation:
Planning for learning: the concept-topic divide
Typically, teachers have planned and taught units of work developed around content and/or topics. There is an opportunity in the Australian Curriculum: Languages to make a shift towards creating learning opportunities that are focused on concepts and developing conceptual understanding, and, in so doing, create a learning environment that is compelling, significant and intriguing for students. This workshop will provide justifications for making the shift from a content-based curriculum to a conceptual curriculum, highlight practical ways to assist teachers to make the shift, as well as an opportunity to consider the implications for their own classroom.
Brent Bloffwitch is a Curriculum Officer at the SACE Board of South Australia, specialising in the Languages and Humanities Learning Areas.
He is the current President of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association (INTAN) of South Australia and the Co-chair of the 2016 ASILE Conference.
Brent has a keen interest in curriculum development, as well as assessment. He has recently completed the Certified Educational Assessors course offered by the Institute of Educational Assessors. From his learning in this certification, he has continued to develop and facilitate a number of workshops for Indonesian teachers in South Australia.