Over Weeks 12 and 13 of EDUC471D100 Fall 2018, students shared their BIG AHAs about curriculum development and factors that may influence it under the umbrella of BC’s New Curriculum. IGNITE is one opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding via 20 slides, 5 minutes, 15 seconds per slide. Students collaborated, co-designed, and mutually selected the curricular competencies to be evaluated on. These competencies can also be used as a self-assessment tool for students to self-determine if they are meeting expectations. IGNITE is also an opportunity for students to personalize learning.

Students select a topic that interested them the most and explain the personal relevance of that topic within the framework of the course content and IGNITE. Students also participate in peer assessments by providing formative feedback to each presenter on what they perceived was the BIG IDEA being presented. In turn, students who receive this feedback via anonymous note papers can reflect on their IGNITE by reading these peer assessments and self-assess how well they had conveyed their ideas. As much as I love the IGNITE presentations and learning about what students found important or interesting, the process of creating an IGNITE is where the real learning occurs. It’s been a pleasure teaching this class and I hope that they learned something about curriculum.

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