A Creative Approach to the Common Core Standards: The Da Vinci Curriculum

A Creative Approach to the Common Core Standards: The Da Vinci Curriculum

by Harry Chaucer
     
 

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A Creative Approach to the Common Core Standards: The Da Vinci Curriculum challenges educators to design programs that boldly embrace the Common Core State Standards by imaginatively drawing from the genius of great men and women such as Leonardo da Vinci. A central figure in the High Renaissance, Leonardo made extraordinary contributions as a painter, architect,… See more details below

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A Creative Approach to the Common Core Standards: The Da Vinci Curriculum challenges educators to design programs that boldly embrace the Common Core State Standards by imaginatively drawing from the genius of great men and women such as Leonardo da Vinci. A central figure in the High Renaissance, Leonardo made extraordinary contributions as a painter, architect, sculptor, scientist, engineer, and futurist. A Creative Approach demonstrates that schools can cultivate genius such as Leonardo’s while insuring that all students realize the core skills that are crucial to all citizens.

Chaucer’s Da Vinci Curriculum is relevant to public and independent educators who are creating schools-within-schools, charter schools, renewing schools, or rethinking their own classrooms. A Creative Approach serves as a model of biographical curricula that embraces the standards that Americans share as citizens in a democracy. The text is rich in theory that has been tested in real classrooms. By example, Chaucer demonstrates that high schools can be more demanding, imaginative, engaging, and joyous that most high schools tend to be today. By adapting the Da Vinci Curriculum, all educators can participate in this educational renaissance!

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Editorial Reviews

John C. Elder Ph.D
Harry Chaucer incorporates Dewey's emphasis on experience into an up-to-date understanding of both interdisciplinary approaches to learning and adolescents' stages of emotional and cognitive development. While celebrating Leonardo as an example of intellectual and artistic integrity within the Gailer School's Da Vinci Curriculum, Chaucer's fundamental concerns as an educator are to encourage authentic engagement and expression in his students, along with responsibility, mutual supportiveness, and creative play in their school-community as a whole. I feel excited by this challenging and hopeful vision of what education can be.
Jay Parini Ph.D
As anyone who has suffered through what often passes for education in traditional schools will know, education can be a tedious affair, with uncertain results. Harry Chaucer -- a brilliant educator -- has gone to the roots of human knowledge, digging up unexpected wonders. The Da Vinci curriculum offers an inspired reformation, a genuinely fresh approach, to the process of learning. It takes the student back to the essentials, allowing knowledge to arise naturally from its sources. It's a hands- on, innovative program that favors intuition and inference over prescription, and it has immense potential to enliven, to re- create, our educational system.
Ron Powers
A visionary educator and innovator, Harry Chaucer has chosen exactly the right moment in American time to offer this important, potentially revolutionary call to arms in our at-risk educational system.
Raymond J. McNulty
We've always had standards in education and new standards alone won't transform our system. At best, they will make a better 20th Century system. Chaucer is talking about a needed transformation of the system where learners confidently use what they know against what they do not know, and 'question storming' guides the way ahead. This work will bring excitement back to the learner.
John H. Clarke
In this book, Harry Chaucer has done for teaching what his Da Vinci Curriculum does for learning. He has found ways to engage students in discovering meaning while they also meet common standards and create personal understanding of their role in a democracy. He invites teachers to do the same, designing learning based on big questions that cross the boundaries of the disciplines in search of defensible answers. Under this principle, teaching and learning follow the pattern of inquiry rather than compliance with prescription.
CHOICE
Chaucer suggests the marriage of two very unlikely curriculum aspects, namely the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a meaningful, biographical context for the standards to evolve. Aimed at middle and secondary educators, the Da Vinci curriculum provides an inductive curriculum that focuses on higher-order thinking skills in math and written and verbal communication highlighting the CCSS. The author suggests this framework but also advocates for a local curriculum that is rooted in a history of ideas. Chaucer does not stop there, however. Chaucer provides a rationale, models, suggestions, and opportunities for educators, through the Da Vinci curriculum, to reexamine their current curriculum practice and elevate the learning of both teachers and students to a natural, authentic, and engaging process. Rather than allowing the CCSS to come and go in their classrooms, educators now have a choice to upgrade their thinking about what meaningful teaching and learning can be in the middle and high school years for their students or simply go through the motions of implementing the CCSS. Summing Up: Recommended.
Jay Parini
As anyone who has suffered through what often passes for education in traditional schools will know, education can be a tedious affair, with uncertain results. Harry Chaucer—a brilliant educator—has gone to the roots of human knowledge, digging up unexpected wonders. The Da Vinci curriculum offers an inspired reformation, a genuinely fresh approach, to the process of learning. It takes the student back to the essentials, allowing knowledge to arise naturally from its sources. It's a hands-on, innovative program that favors intuition and inference over prescription, and it has immense potential to enliven, to re- create, our educational system.
Choice
Chaucer suggests the marriage of two very unlikely curriculum aspects, namely the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a meaningful, biographical context for the standards to evolve. Aimed at middle and secondary educators, the Da Vinci curriculum provides an inductive curriculum that focuses on higher-order thinking skills in math and written and verbal communication highlighting the CCSS. The author suggests this framework but also advocates for a local curriculum that is rooted in a history of ideas. Chaucer does not stop there, however. Chaucer provides a rationale, models, suggestions, and opportunities for educators, through the Da Vinci curriculum, to reexamine their current curriculum practice and elevate the learning of both teachers and students to a natural, authentic, and engaging process. Rather than allowing the CCSS to come and go in their classrooms, educators now have a choice to upgrade their thinking about what meaningful teaching and learning can be in the middle and high school years for their students or simply go through the motions of implementing the CCSS. Summing Up: Recommended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610486743
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
04/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
222
File size:
6 MB

What People are saying about this

Jay Parini
As anyone who has suffered through what often passes for education in traditional schools will know, education can be a tedious affair, with uncertain results. Harry Chaucer—a brilliant educator—has gone to the roots of human knowledge, digging up unexpected wonders. The Da Vinci curriculum offers an inspired reformation, a genuinely fresh approach, to the process of learning. It takes the student back to the essentials, allowing knowledge to arise naturally from its sources. It's a hands-on, innovative program that favors intuition and inference over prescription, and it has immense potential to enliven, to re- create, our educational system.
Ron Powers
A visionary educator and innovator, Harry Chaucer has chosen exactly the right moment in American time to offer this important, potentially revolutionary call to arms in our at-risk educational system.
John C. Elder
Harry Chaucer incorporates Dewey's emphasis on experience into an up-to-date understanding of both interdisciplinary approaches to learning and adolescents' stages of emotional and cognitive development.While celebrating Leonardo as an example of intellectual and artistic integrity within the Gailer School's Da Vinci Curriculum,Chaucer's fundamental concerns as an educator are to encourage authentic engagement and expression in his students, along with responsibility, mutual supportiveness, and creative play in their school-community as a whole.I feel excited by this challenging and hopeful vision of what education can be.
John H. Clarke
In this book, Harry Chaucer has done for teaching what his Da Vinci Curriculum does for learning. He has found ways to engage students in discovering meaning while they also meet common standards and create personal understanding of their role in a democracy. He invites teachers to do the same, designing learning based on big questions that cross the boundaries of the disciplines in search of defensible answers. Under this principle, teaching and learning follow the pattern of inquiry rather than compliance with prescription.
Raymond J. McNulty
We've always had standards in education and new standards alone won't transform our system. At best, they will make a better 20th Century system. Chaucer is talking about a needed transformation of the system where learners confidently use what they know against what they do not know, and 'question storming' guides the way ahead. This work will bring excitement back to the learner.

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