7th Grade Curriculum for the 21st Century

These are my ideas for a new type of school curriculum. This is just an overview and the subjects, of course, would need to be taught in an age appropriate way, which I haven’t done here. Ideally, the student would pick from each subject what interested them.

 

7th grade
 
 
1. study skills
– buzan mind maps
– rehearsal and rote learning
– reading and listening
– flashcard training
– keywords
– visual imagery
– acronyms and mnemonics
– exam strategies
– spacing
– organization and lifestyle changes
– study environment
 
2. social skills
– coordination
– mentoring
– negotiation
– persuasion
– service orientation
– social perceptiveness
 
3. survival skills
– shelter
– fire
– water
– food
– navigation
– mental preparedness
– important survival items
– common myths
 
4. mental health
– activity therapy
  – recreational exercise outside (hiking, tennis, etc.)
  – journaling
  – relaxation
  – arts and crafts
  – music therapy
  – camping
– expressive therapy (self expression through creative expression)
(excited, tender, scared, angry, sad, happy)
  – art
  – dance
  – drama
  – role play
  – writing
  – film based
  – poetry
  – play
  – sandplay
  – dreamwork
 
– cognitive behavioral therapy
  – thinking of problems and solutions
  – writing self-statements to counter negative thoughts
  – new opportunities to think positive thoughts
  – visualizing the best part of the day
  – learn to accept disappointment as part of life
 
– dialectical behavior therapy
  – mindfulness: observe, describe, participate
  – distress tolerance
  – emotion regulation
  – interpersonal effectiveness
 
– meditation
  – lie comfortably
  – close your eyes
  – breathe naturally
  – focus on breath
  – notice your body
  – return to your breath when your mind wanders
  – do for 2-3 minutes
5. first aid
– airway management
– cardiopulmonary resucitation
– emergency bleeding control
6. time management
– environment conducive to effectiveness
– setting priorities
– carrying out prioritization
– reducing time on non-priorities
– incentives to modify behavior
7. sports
 
8. music (recording)
9. dance (choreography)
– ballet
– contemporary
– jazz
– hip hop
– folk
– techno
– k pop
– religious
10. fine arts (drawing)
– materials
  – graphite
  – charcoal
  – pastels
  – marker
  – pen
  – ink
– technique
  – holding a pencil
  – shading
  – line weight
  – checking
  – is it ever finished?
– tone
  – light and dark
– form and proportion
  – measuring
  – dots and lines
– perspective
– artistry
  – negative space
  – viewing art from artists
– process
  – motor function
  – perception
  – visual memory
11. applied arts (mixed media)
13. mathematics
– quantity
– structure
– space
– change
– foundations and philosophy
– logic
– discrete
– applied
14. psychology
– schools of thought
  – biological
  – behavioral
  – cognitive
  – social
  – existential-humanist
– themes
  – personality
  – unconscious mind
  – motivation
  – development
  – genes and environment
– applications
  – mental testing
  – mental health care
  – education
  – work
  – military and intelligence
  – health, well-being, and social change
– research methods
  – controlled experiments
  – statistical inference
  – technological assays
  – computer simulation
  – animal studies
  – qualitative and descriptive research
– contemporary issues
– ethics
  – humans
  – other animals
15. geography
– physical
– human
– integrated
– geomatics
– regional
16. history (modern)
– modern era
– early modern period
  – asia
  – europe
  – north america
– late modern period
  – timeline
  – industrial revolutions
  – european dominance and the 19th century
– united states
  – science and philosophy
  – european decline and the 20th century
 
17. languages (linguistics)
– variation and universality
  – lexicon
  – discourse
  – dialect
  – structures
  – relativity
  – style
– approach
  – generative vs. functional theories of lanaguage
  – methodology
  – analysis
  – anthropology
  – sources
– areas of research
  – historical linguistics
  – sociolinguistics
  – developmental linguistics
  – neurolinguistics
– applied
– interdisciplinary fields
  – semiotics
  – language documentation
  – translation
  – biolinguistics
  – clinical
  – computational
  – evolutionary
  – forensic
18. writing (journalism)
19. philosophy (logic)
– concepts
  – logical form
  – semantics
  – inference
  – logical systems
  – logic and rationality
  – rival conceptions
– types
  – syllogistic logic
  – propositional logic
  – predicate logic
  – modal logic
  – informal reasoning and dialectic
  – mathematical
  – philosophical
  – computational
  – non-classical
– controversies
  – “is logic empirical?”
  – implication: strict or material
  – tolerating the impossible
  – rejection of logical truth

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