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Thematic Units . The circuit that lights the bulb!. Generating. Why do we learn? How do we know we have learned? Learning for acquisition of knowledge Learning for application Learning for assimilation Learning for association Growing the brain – dendrites synapses, and neurons (Parnell).

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Thematic Units

The circuit that lights the bulb!


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Generating

Why do we learn? How do we know we have learned?

  • Learning for acquisition of knowledge

  • Learning for application

  • Learning for assimilation

  • Learning for association

  • Growing the brain – dendrites synapses, and neurons (Parnell)


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Connecting

Why thematic units?

  • Connecting learning to the real world (Parnell, Toffler)

  • Demonstrating an active reading strategy - connections (Harvey)

  • Living the “Third Wave” (Toffler)

  • Knowing – knowledge = wealth, power (Toffler)


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Disconnecting

Why is creating a thematic unit difficult?

  • Freezing knowledge (Parnell)

  • Thinking like Henry Ford

  • Learning in the “Second Wave” (Toffler)

  • Testing Trivia


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Creating

How can I construct a Thematic Unit?

  • Adding one “circuit” at a time

  • Connecting themes in literature to concepts within subject area, outside the subject area, and out-of – school knowledge (Langer, Johannessan)

  • Questioning – Inquiry-based themes (Johannessan)

  • Building on a theme not a topic


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Lighting

Will my students score higher on the standardized tests? Will they know more?

  • Comparing HSTW students to College Prep students (NAEP test) (Parnell)

  • Integrating curriculum = 58 points (Lawton)

  • Attending school

  • Relieving boredom


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