As students go back to school soon, a new curriculum will rolled out, with personalized learning at the heart of the changes.
Teaching the basics while encouraging students to learn in their own way is a key part of the new curriculum.
“We’re trying to see our learners in a new context where first we’re trying to help them see what their learning prepares them for the real world; we’re trying to be flexible in how we teach and I think we’re trying to excite learners to become even more resourceful so that they will continue to learn outside the formal school day.”
Surrey School District’s director of instruction Kathy Puharich says the new curriculum also aims to connect students to the real world.
“There’s an emphasis on real life experiences, community involvement, hands on learning, the curriculum is grounded in this belief and the belief that deeper learning is better achieved through doing rather than through passive listening or reading.”
The new curriculum will also include aboriginal perspectives and new content on the history of East and South Asian immigrants.
Curriculum roll out
The province unveiled more details of its new curriculum in May, which also includes an increased focus on math and literacy skills, and will begin to phase out a number of standardized provincial exams.
Last year, B.C.’s curriculum update got a ‘soft’ roll out for students up to grade 9. This fall, the changes will be expanded to all students.
It also began rolling out curriculum changes focused on the history of First Nations in Canada, including residential schools. That change was recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2015 report.