The new BC curriculum draft for K-9, Sciences, Maths, Socials, and English, were released last month. Many educators worked through the drafts during their professional development day in October. Although there ware many questions around implementation, resources, and support, the main idea from the document that I got was a move away from prescribed outcomes to big ideas and core competencies.
I liken these documents to the release of the environmental document that gave teachers permission to include environmental issues within all their subject areas. Just like that environmental document, the new curriculum opens the K-9 curriculum to inquiry, problem and project based learning, moving away from the ‘read the text, answer the questions at the end’.
Many innovative teachers are already moving in this direction, and I would be hard pressed to find a teacher in my school that pontificated for forty minutes, followed by thirty minutes of seat work. There may be some out there that follow that teaching plan, but BC teachers know their students and evolve their strategies and lessons to meet the needs of those students.
There will be a need to change our way of doing things in the classroom: no two classes have the exact same needs, strengths or weaknesses. To me, the real opportunity of these draft documents is the discussion between educators around how we do school.
I would love to hear what others think of the draft curriculum. What is the one thing that you see as a must have? What’s missing? Either comment, tweet or join the conversation in #bcedchat. The conversation is the key.