At A Glance: Curriculum Sample
eduWeavers' curriculum is developed on a platform of reciprocal learning. Each lesson or activity has core curriculum at its foundation. The curriculum piece is determined by the schools in the partnership. Once the foundation is laid, eduWeavers works with teachers and/or administrators (even students when appropriate) to incorporate additional curricular components that substantively will enrich the partnership and create a sustainable global relationship. The components generally address the areas of social justice, student empowerment or student entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Consulting projects have ranged from the elementary school lesson shown below to student-centered training for high school students. A recent high school project addressed transitional justice through an oral history exploration of both the Truth and Reconciliation Hearing in South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. A documentary film about this high school project is due out in the spring of 2009 and focuses on the experiences of the American and South African students involved in completing the project.
Sample: First or Second Grade Anatomy LessonBefore (without eduWeavers involvement):
Goal: Students will become aware of how their anatomy works and what their bodies need to grow healthy and strong. How: Students learn about their bodies' anatomy by cutting out life-size, traced paper figures and decorate them with appropriate colored yarn for hair and a hand-drawn face. They learn about and cut out paper versions of all their organs and attach them to their respective bodies.
After (with eduWeavers involvement):
Goal: Students will become aware of how their anatomy works and learn that their peers at their partner school have anatomy just like theirs and needs just like theirs. Furthermore, they will learn that individuals have many more biological similarities than differences and that race is a socially constructed concept. How: Students in both schools will follow the original procedures for the anatomy lesson. They will share their created bodies with each other through Internet photos posted on the eduWeavers site or through email. Both classrooms will lead discussions finding similarities and differences between the bodies created in the partner schools with an age-appropriate discussion around the concept of race. Ideas generated from these discussions will be shared between the partner schools through email or possibly through videoconference.
Core Curriculum: Science
Social Justice: Students learn that the concept of race is socially-constructed and that all humans have the same biological needs and capabilities.
Student Empowerment: Students learn what their bodies need to function effectively and remain healthy. They learn what resources they have or do not have that they need. They are also taught to make wise choices to become and/or stay healthy. Students determine if their partners have any needs that are unmet in the context of the lessons.
Philanthropy: If appropriate, students raise funds to send to their partner school to meet these needs.
eduWeavers has formalized lessons for grades K - 12 but specializes in developing partnership-specific material that meets the goals determined by the teachers and schools involved. Current curriculum development projects include units being developed with Facing History and Ourselves to address transitional justice questions in the high school setting.