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:
- Student Reflection Sheet: Core Competencies- Self-Reflection
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Drafts to the K- 9 ADST Curriculum HERE
Learning to Code Resources
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.
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.
HERE is a great website that can help you with develop ideas or find new tools. There is also a great article on alternatives to YouTube videos!
The Royal BC Museum is always adding resources to their portal. Please click on portal and then select a path that meets your need. There are a variety of resources here for you to explore with.
Click HERE to access the website.
This allows some students to take Learning in a new direction: