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October 31st - November 2nd

British School of Sofia

BSS hosted a professional #Concept-Based Learning (CBL) workshop or a Thinking Classroom for its teachers. It was developed by Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning and led by Rachel French - an experienced international educator, having worked in schools in South America, Africa, Europe and Oceania. Rachel talked about the developing role of concept-based curriculum and described why and how this approach is so valuable for teaching and learning. Also she aimed to provide concepts and strategies about the development of the students conceptual understanding in the classroom. In this context she said that “the key is to use guiding questions to help students inquire into concepts and the relationships between them”. As a result many ideas and strategies were exchanged between the participants. Through different sessions and practical arrangements the BSS teachers from all stages were challenged to expose the essence of their professional patterns of understanding in a well structured attempt that generalises the elite education.

Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction is “a three-dimensional curriculum design model that frames the factual and skill content of subject areas with disciplinary concepts and generalisations. It develops structures in the brain for sorting and organising. It also creates relevance between new and past knowledge, allows the students to transfer knowledge, increases their motivation for learning etc.” (H. Lynn Erickson, 2018).