Universal Themes - Riverside Unified School District
Transcript Universal Themes - Riverside Unified School District
A Gate Tune-Up on Best Practices
Philosophy Behind Universal
Gate teachers are to take the core
curriculum and look at ways to get
This means demanding more
sophisticated thinking of your
This is achieved by weaving
connections to get a greater fabric of
The process to achieve this combines
the use of universal themes, and
knowledge of specific disciplines with
complex thinking strategies.
How is Using a Universal Theme
Different from Traditional
teacher develops a
theme and makes the
connections for the
All this does is ask
students to know the
content and how it is
Students have a universal
theme and what appear to
disparate parts or pieces.
They must apply knowledge
in order to make connections.
Often, this approach requires
that students begin with the
complex and work backward
to connect to the simple
When one steps back to view the knowledge,
not from within the discipline, but from
without, one sees that all the parts touch,
overlap, and form a tapestry of interconnection.
Therein lies meaning for the child seeking
order in a world which appears disjointed
The true test of an individual’s intellect
may not be in their ability to describe the
uniqueness of a thing, but rather in their
ability to state the commonalities that
binds us all.
In making connections between seemingly
disparate concepts, students begin to form
Thus, generalizations are the basis of
Some Universal Themes
1. Have segments that are repeated
2. Allow for prediction
3. Have eternal order
4. Are enablers
1. Are many parts arranged into a unified whole
2. A group of elements that work together
3. Are manmade or natural
1.Can be natural or man-made
2. Different kinds of change
3. Is inevitable
4. Necessary for growth
1. Composed of opposing forces
2. Natural or man-made
3. Intentional or unintentional
4. May allow for synthesis and change
A Few Basic Generalizations
__________are reciprocal and
__________can be natural or imposed.
There are __________within__________.
__________can be positive or negative.
__________have structure and functions.