Defining Contextualized Learning • Contextualized Learning is an instructional approach that helps to relate curriculum content to real world situations. • It incorporates a learning process that helps students to make sense of information by connecting what they are learning to real world situations in which that learning could be used. • It enables students to receive feedback on their ability to relate and apply their learning to real world situations.
Contextualized learning activities • A required element of a Specialist High Skills Major • Delivered in English, Math and “other required courses” • A minimum of 6 hours of learning that contextualizes the subjects’ curriculum expectations to the SHSM sector
Other required courses • The “other required courses” vary from sector to sector, typically there are 3 other required courses: • Math • English • Other Required in either grade 11 or grade 12 in Business or Science
How do I identify an shsm student in my class? • Class list (but not on attendance sheet!) • i.e. BUS beside a student’s name indicates they are in a Business SHSM program • Credit Counselling Summary – two pages for SHSM students
How do CLAs Benefit students? • CLAs enable instruction to be differentiated using sector-specific content, to meet one or more curriculum expectations. • CLAs in the other required credits make the course content more relevant enabling students to connect their learning to their SHSM sector.
How are clas delivered? • There are a variety of delivery models, including: • To an entire class, some of which are SHSM students (recommended – necessary for some, good for all) • To an entire class, all of which are SHSM students • To individual or small groups of SHSM students within an existing class • To individual SHSM students, through e-learning or independent study
CLA Myths… • …they must be evaluated • …they need to be a big project • …if you fail the CLA you fail the course • …you must do the CLA exactly as it was written • …you cannot use a CLA unless it was “approved” • …must use expectations from the SHSM major credit courses • …it must be from the OERB • …can only be done by the SHSM students • …I cannot make up my own CLA • …I have to make up my own CLA • …are “extra” work the SHSM kids have to do
Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) • As of May 2012, there were 1329 CLAs posted to the OERB • http://resources.elearningontario.ca • User id: tcdsbteacher • Password: oerbt