In October, the Ministry of Education released a draft of the new curriculum for Kindergarten through to grade nine for Science, mathematics, English, and Social Studies. The draft document includes core competencies, curriculum drafts, and assessments to align the curriculum with the realities of the 21st Century learner and personalisation of life long learning. The draft discussions involved many educators, parents, students and the public from around the province to develop a philosophy around education and learning that allows students to be engaged, supported, challenged, healthy and safe, connecting well within the ASCD’s whole child initiative, although it was not used as a supporting document.
As a mathematics and Science teacher, I was very interested to see the direction of the draft curriculum and how it compares with the WNCP curriculum that was rolled out earlier. However, after looking through the documents, I was more interested in seeing how the new drafts open a possibility for teachers and learners. The drafts don’t seem to prescribe how to teach, rather they seem to focus on the learner, including assessments for learning/formative.
There are many questions around these documents, but they are a great start to the conversation of what we want our BC schools to be. They almost ask the question, Why School.
These possibilities open spaces for teachers to seek deeper understanding for their students within the learning context. I worry what will be the result, and how this aligns with the provincial standardized testing that is still pervasive in our system. There is still a lot of discussions and feedback needed.
I look forward to these conversations grouch their site and the continued discussions on #bcedchat.