Tuesday, November 19, 2013

PBL Learning Team

Wordle: Questions about Project Based Learning

A group of Teachers met today at Kelly Road to discuss Project Based Learning. We've ordered BIE's PBL Starter Kit as a resources and will be working through that together as a way to inform and evaluate our practice. We've also started a blog dedicated exclusively to the group. Its online here

One of the things we did was share our questions. Here's what we came up with:

  • What questions do we have?
    • How does PBL work?
    • How does PBL benefit our students?
      • motivation
      • engagement
      • success
      • building core competencies (thinking, communicating, personal and social competency)
      • Definition of “The Educated Citizen” (we heard this recently and understand its in the BC school regulations, but do not know where)
        • literacy and numeracy foundations
        • understanding rich content
        • core competencies
    • How do we cover curriculum through PBL?
    • What is “true PBL”, is there “true PBL”?
    • How much information is required before students jump in?
    • How much Teacher Direction/ Guidance is needed?
      • How do we facilitate and let students drive?
      • What role do driving questions play?
      • How do we come up with really good driving questions?
      • What skills and experiences do students bring to projects?
    • How do different disciplines come together in projects?

We agreed its the highlighted questions that matter most. Its the difference this way of learning makes in the lives of our students that matters most. We want to be intentional about evaluating our practice based on the difference it makes for students. We are excited to be learning together!

What questions do you have about PBL?

cross posted at: http://sd57learning.blogspot.ca/

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cross Curricular Competencies

BC is transforming education, and it's an exciting and curious transformation to be a part of. After seeing the draft "cross curricular competencies" early on, my Teaching partner and I started working them into our practice. With our students we defined the competencies and built assessment rubrics for each one. Throughout the year students assessed their own growth in each competency using evidence from their project work. The work was very rewarding and the conversations were rich. The competencies allowed us to broaden our conversation and the bridge the skills students were gaining both inside and outside our classroom with the work they were doing within it. For me the quote "concept-based and competency-driven" frames the new curriculum perfectly, and it's a model I can get behind.

From my perspective yhis "transformation" in BC been a very open process, and it has been intentionally welcoming to the voices of British Colombians. I have had the privilege of joining the conversation on communication competency at a district level with a curriculum design team. Our team is one of three meeting in the province to give input into the creation of a communication competency continua. A draft of our work is shown here (https://www.dropbox.com/s/uexp3gx6gmg74w4/sj-sept16%20copy.pptx) and the document explains the possible structure and content of the draft continua. Our goal is to create a tool that will help students grow in their communication competency through descriptive, illustrative statements and examples of communication competency. 

BC has invited everyone to join the conversation on curriculum transformation here: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/, but if you have an comments on the communication competency work I'd love to hear them too.

Will this support learners in improving their communication skills in all subject areas and at all grade levels? What more does it need? How can it be improved?

Thanks for your input!