It's been ages since I've had a chance to put something down on paper or in this case on a computer screen. I've had lots of ideas and many drafts sitting in folders. This doesn't mean I'm all caught up and have time to write. I honestly just felt like it today - break up my day.
So our staff recently had a BCeD Curriculum In-service Professional Day. It was a chance for a couple of our staff members to share their thoughts on what was presented from Ministry of Education reps around the Re-Designed Curriculum. I know many are saying "new" curriculum, but really it's the same curriculum just with a lot more allowances to open it up. Expand on what's already there, instead of feeling you have to cram it all in.
What made this day exciting was listening to the buzz in the room around the possibilities. The opportunity to share one's passion of a particular area in a curriculum area. Not only will this make the learning more meaningful in the classroom, but model for students what to expect when they explore an area of interest they have. Dig a little deeper and ask questions. Answers may or may not happen, but begin to ask those questions and make you wonder.
This Re-Designed Curriculum will no doubt change how we teach are students. The idea of pulpit teaching has to end. We need to give it back to the students to discover on their own. Of course teachers are there to facilitate and guide, but spoon feed them answers is a thing of the past. That's not the real world.
It's an exciting time in our BC Schools and you could almost say its a Renaissance of sort. A re-birth of how we teach our children of tomorrow. It's time we caught up.
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning