Curriculum Implementation

Curriculum Implementation Day – January 15th

There are many workshops for all grade levels and a variety of subject areas. We recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment, as some workshops do have number caps.

To register, go to www.sooketeachers.org.  Click on ‘New Curriculum’ and select CI Day to access the registration form.

There will be an early bird registration draw for a selection of professional resources and a Starbucks gift card. Winners will be chosen at random on Friday December 22nd.

See the Curriculum Day Pamphlet

 

Teachers Learn to Teach Code – Gr. 4-8

 

Are you interested in having your students learning to code?

Grade 4-7 teachers can learn how to engage their students in coding unit, based on provincial curriculum and using a critical inquiry process. In this coding unit, students learn fundamental coding skills and create a video game through this engaging, student-driven, unit. The Coding Quest facilitator will focus on STEAM education, 21st Century and computational thinking, while integrating learning in: Science, Technology, Mathematics, Language Arts, Visual Arts and Social Studies. This Coding unit culminates in a local Arcade hosted by Coding Quest and the Curriculum and Learning Team.

Coding Quest has a flexible curriculum framework that can be tailored to teachers’ preferences and levels of expertise. Teachers are assisted as they deliver an adjustable framework, through participation in this workshop and supported by online resources via The Learning Partnership’s eLearning Moodle.

FEBRUARY 15TH – 3:30-7:30 (Dinner included)

Here are a couple of graphics to have a look at if you are interested.

Coding Quest Brochure

Coding Quest Flowchart

Coding Quest Website

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BC Digital Classroom

Our district has purchased a vast set of ERAC websites and links that offer student centred ideas and resources for learners from K-12.  Each database offers connections to the the Big Ideas as well as curricular and core competencies our new curriculum focuses on. There is a K-12 Resource Collection (link here) and The BC Digital Classroom (link here).

Please contact Scott (sbelshaw@sd62.bc.ca) if you need a user name and password

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Grades 5-8 Curriculum

Free, ERAC approved teaching resource has videos, lessons and activities to discuss racism, bullying and our fight for equality. Powerful!
www.chooseyourvoice.ca

Grades 8 – College Humanities Resource 

Free, online and informative. Curriculum-based, it broaches topics of historical oppression, hatred, discrimination and heroism. Videos, lessons, activities and discussions.

www.voicesintoaction.ca

Feel free to browse our websites – they are contemporary and rich with historical facts to help you navigate these troubling times.

Register for Free to access your Teacher Dashboard.

Reach out to us for support as you engage in discussions about race, Indigenous history, The Holocaust, white privilege, Black Lives Matter, white supremacy, immigration, Islamophobia, antisemitism, media bias and so much more! 

GOOD LUCK!

Please share this with colleagues who can use our resources!

Core Competency Ideas

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As we explore the New Curriculum we will be weaving in and supporting our students with the Core Competencies. These are essential elements that the students will need to be reflecting upon within their learning. The core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning.

Here is the Ministry page to the Core Competencies, HERE

Where could we start?

Many teachers are wondering how that can support their students in starting to understand what the core competencies are so that the students can communicate where they are at within these.

Here are some ideas of where you could start:

  1. Student Reflection Sheet: Core Competencies- Self-Reflection
  2. Go over the core competencies with the students. In small groups have them create their own language around what they mean  (Kid Talk). Create a one-pager of the core competencies using the ‘kid talk’ language for them to reflect upon as they learn. Here is an example from Jill Fader’s Grade 8 class, core-competencies-j-fader-class. Then weave these into the learning, using the language.
  3. Go over the core competencies with students, create a word wall for the students to look at and reflect upon as they learn and grow. Provide reflection time for this throughout the year.
  4. Go over the core competencies with your class, when they are learning try the “notice it, name it” strategy. When you see them being Critical Thinkers or Creative thinkers point it out to them = “notice it, name it” to help them recognize when they are doing it.

ADST K- 12

K- 5 Foundations: These students will have the ability to develop foundation in ADST  within the context of existing curricula. ADST content is woven into classroom activities.

6- 9 Explorations: These students will have the opportunity to explore specific areas of ADST while continuing to build their design thinking and foundational skills. Teachers do have to report out on these at the end of the year with a grade. Many schools do these as exploritories.

10- 12 ADST: Students take electives that are under the ADST umbrella on the Ministry’s curriculum page. Students will have to experience at minimum, 15hours of Coding before they graduate. This is optional right now but is expected starting 2018.

For more information from the Ministry on ADST please go HERE

 

STARTING PLACE: *Ministry Resource: Introducing Computational Thinking into the Classroom: Student Learning Module, Student Learning Modules MOE

ADST Teacher Guide, Teacher Training Package MOE

 

Drafts to the K- 9 ADST Curriculum HERE

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Learning to Code Resources

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Code BC link here

 

 

Code Academy (for Teachers): HERE  Account needed. Learn how to code and find ideas for your class.

 

 

CSL JS Bin (for Students):

Sandbox for typing html where you instantly see your results. No account needed, great place to try.

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access it HERE: jsbin.com/quhigosada/edit?html,output

 

 

Twine (fun activity for students)

Twine: Twine is an open source tool that empowers users to create their own stories using a simple drag and drop interface. Access it HERE

You can download it or use the online version. No account needed.

 

OPAC: Link to your Library LC Resources

 OPAC Access: Accessing books and resources at your school.

Find your school in the list below, select the link and access your Library’s Resources.

Colwoodlib.sd62.bc.ca/

CrystalViewlib.sd62.bc.ca/

DavidCameronlib.sd62.bc.ca/

HansHelgesenlib.sd62.bc.ca/

HappyValleylib.sd62.bc.ca/

JohnStubbslib.sd62.bc.ca/

Lakewoodlib.sd62.bc.ca/

Millstreamlib.sd62.bc.ca/

RuthKinglib.sd62.bc.ca/

Sangsterlib.sd62.bc.ca/

Savorylib.sd62.bc.ca/

Willwaylib.sd62.bc.ca/

Wishartlib.sd62.bc.ca/

JohnMuirlib.sd62.bc.ca/

Poirierlib.sd62.bc.ca/

Saseenoslib.sd62.bc.ca/

Sookelib.sd62.bc.ca/

Dunsmuirlib.sd62.bc.ca/

Spencerlib.sd62.bc.ca/

Journeylib.sd62.bc.ca/

EMCSlib.sd62.bc.ca/

Westshorelib.sd62.bc.ca/

DRClib.sd62.bc.ca/