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TWGSS NSS curriculum S haring session on S tudent Subject Choices 18 th March 2008 TWGSS NSS curriculum The more choices the better? Students’ diversified interests and strengths Staff specialties University entrance requirements and 4-year curriculum Societal needs and career development

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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Sharing session on Student Subject Choices

18th March 2008


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

The more choices the better?

Students’ diversified interests and strengths

Staff specialties

University entrance requirements and 4-year curriculum

Societal needs and career development

Existing strengths

Resource limitations


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

How to increase subject choices for students?

Use of school facilities

Curriculum design

Staff development and deployment

Time-tabling


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

2009/12 NSS curriculum planning process – Stage 1

Special features:

Sustaining existing strengths

Small-class teaching(10 to 30 for LS and electives)

Provide more subject choices

Diversification of subject combinations- eradicating the boundary between arts and science subjects

3 3X and 2 2X classes

14 subjects / 48 combinations

Curriculum framework version 1 (SS1-SS3)


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

2009/12 NSS curriculum planning process – Stage 2

  • Consultation of stakeholders – survey of students’ and parents’ views

    phase 1: S1 parents & students & S3 students (06/07)

    phase 2: S2 parents & students (07/08)

    phase 3: S3 parents & students (08/09)

  • Considering students’ options in designing subject-groups

  • Sharing the experience of schools with similar background

  • Maximizing subject choice for students 3 x 7-8 groups

  • More dynamic arrangement of teaching time (e.g. 10-day cycle = bi-weekly)

  • Meeting learning time requirements for all subjects

  • Simulation exercise of time-tabling

  • SMC endorsement


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

  • 2009/12 NSS Curriculum (version 2)

    • Curriculum structure (SS1-SS3)

    • School time-table

    • Re-allocating subject-periods for JS1-JS3, S7

    • Subject & staff load changes


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Summary of version 2 framework:

7 subject groups for Liberal Studies

Electives- 5 classes3x in 7 to 8 groups

Other core subjects and OLE taught in 5 classes

14 subjects

in 284 combinations


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

2007/08 situation and resources

31 classes

28 + 3 classrooms

14 subjects - 9 electives for S4 & S5 students – 5+5 classes (8 split classes)

13 subjects - 8 elective for S6 & S7 students – 3+3 classes (6 split classes)

62 teaching staff


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Our challenges in 2011/12

33 classes

30 + 3 classrooms

14 subjects – 284 combinations for each SS1-SS3 levels

67 teaching staff


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Use of school facilities

Conversion works to provide more classrooms (e.g. AV Room, quarters for minor staff)

Flexible use of existing learning areas

School hall

Student Activity Centre

Special Rooms

Open areas

Outdoor learning


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Curriculum design

Electives: 3X vs 2X

Fully blocked subject groups (7 groups for 5 classes)

Combined Science vs Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Spreading options to different KLAs

Offering ‘Applied Learning’ modules


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Staff Development & Deployment

Staff participation in planning

Staff professional development plans

Inter-school collaboration

Posting and flexible deployment


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Time-tabling

Week-based time-table

Double periods between breaks

Time-tabling simulation exercises for NSS years

Websams

Australian software

Student options software


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Time-tabling simulation exercises

Aims and methodology:

  • Examine feasibility of proposed subject groups / grid lines

  • Examine manpower and classroom resources

  • Make adjustments for lesson constraints and subject combinations

  • investigate in the possible deadlocks (rooms, staff, subject-combinations etc.)

  • Based on projected 2011/12 (double-cohort year) teacher-class information


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Time-tabling simulation exercises

Tools:

  • WEBSAMS (EBD)

  • Time-tabling Solutions (Australian software)

  • Student options programme (EDB)


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NSS Curriculum – Student Survey1

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Australian Timetabling Software

“Student Options” module



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Core Subjects

Half blocking


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Elective Subjects

Full blocking


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Australian Timetabling Software – sample display 1

Australian Timetabling Software – sample display 1



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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Time-tabling simulation exercises

Sample reports

  • Master Class timetable

  • Master Teacher timetable

  • Individual timetable for a student


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NSS Curriculum – Student Survey 2

NSS Curriculum – Student Survey2

  • Letter to parents and students’ options form

  • Result of student options (according to student preferences and positions in form)


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Helping students to choose their subjects

Setting the curriculum framework and electives to be offered

Talk to students and parents

Opinion surveys

Fixing the elective lines / subject groups

Placing students in subject groups (according to their choices and abilities)

Counselling of selected students


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

2009/12 NSS curriculum planning – Stage 3

Our Road Ahead

  • Seminar on planned NSS curriculum for JS2 parents and students (09/10 SS1 class)

  • Third survey on subject options of JS2 students

  • Second trial run to generate NSS subject combinations based on students’ options (using students’ options software


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

2009/12 NSS curriculum planning – Stage 3

Our Road Ahead

  • Time-tabling exercise to confirm the feasibility of revised curriculum plan

  • Investigate the possibility to include ‘Applied Learning’ modules as electives

  • Adjusting planning for staff posting and training in line with NSS subject combinations & school resources


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TWGSS NSS curriculum

Your comments and suggestions are most welcome

kawaichan@edb.gov.hk