NPDL Citizenship

Leading a Citizenship Professional Learning Session in Your School

Here is a suggested session program aimed at building the understanding of staff about Citizenship.

Duration: ~45 minutes

Professional Learning Activity suggestions

1. Introduce the Session


Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have." Margaret Mead

The aims of this session are to:

  • Build staff understanding of what one of the 6Cs – Citizenship means in the context of NPDL
  • Explore ways in which Citizenship can be incorporated into teaching and learning

2. Exploring what Citizenship means

(20:00 min)

This activity provides the opportunity for groups to share ideas with one another and add ideas to each other’s work, and will help to develop a shared understanding of what Citizenship means.

This activity uses a strategy called Carousel Brainstorming.

Carousel Brainstorming is also known as Rotating Review. This strategy provides scaffolding for new information to be learned or existing information to be reviewed through movement, conversation, and reflection.

Carousel Brainstorming is a cooperative learning activity that can be used both to discover and discuss background knowledge prior to studying a new topic, as well as for review of content already learned. This technique allows for small group discussion, followed by whole-group reflection.

While taking part in Carousel Brainstorming, small groups of participants rotate around the room, stopping at various “stations” for a designated period of time (usually 1-2 minutes). At each station, they review the content on the “station” and then share their ideas by posting more words and images posts at each station.

Participants take their markers with them when they begin the carousel.

Once the 1-2 minutes is up, they rotate to the next “station” with their group and respond again – in words and images – to the question, responses and information they find there.

The process continues until they are back at their original "station".

Step 1 - Set up your groups

Organise staff into 5 groups.

Step 2 - Begin Station 1
Allocate one of the following headings to each different group.

(You may have already prepared each sheet of butcher’s paper earlier with these questions written on each separate piece.):

  • Citizenship: What do we mean by a Global perspective and what might it look like in our classrooms?
  • Citizenship: What do we mean by understanding of diverse values and world views and what might it look like in our classrooms?
  • Citizenship: What do we mean by a Genuine interest in human and environmental sustainability and what might it look like in our classrooms?
  • Citizenship: What do we mean by solving ambiguous and complex problems in the real world to benefit citizens and what might it look like in our classrooms?
  • Citizenship: How can we leverage digital and build citizenship and what might it look like in our classrooms?

Ask each group to respond to their allocated question - using words and images on the butcher’s paper. The words will help answer the question posed, and the images drawn will help to answer ";and what might it look like in our classrooms".

Give the groups 10 minutes to respond to their question.

At the sound of the signal, they rotate again to another “station”.

Continue this process until each group is back to their original station.

3. Reflection - Ideas for making Citizenship a reality in the school

(25:00 min)

Give the groups time to review and reflect on the ideas that have been added to their sheet and then ask each a group representative to report back to the whole group, answering the question that was posed to them.

Finish by leading discussion for the whole group by focussing on how we can now make this a reality in our classrooms?

4. Close

(4:00 min)

Encourage staff to access this DigiPub online to find out more about Citizenship and to explore the links and ideas here which might support them.

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