Several updates happened to the BC curriculum website over the summer…when teachers are on holidays – so I thought I would put together a summary of the updates and changes with links to items that might be of use and interest.
An Educator Update pdf document was posted on the Ministry website this summer. There is an extensive Q&A section as well as an overview of curriculum updates.
All K-9 Curriculum Frameworks were posted in their final forms, including the recently developed Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum.
The final updates to the K-9 mathematics curriculum were posted in August, although the BCAMT website has been hosting them for months.
The most significant changes the update of the big ideas to be more aligned with the structure of the big ideas in other curricular areas. The big ideas of changed from a two-part big idea (meta big idea and then a grade-specific big idea) to a one-part big idea. Also, elaborations for the big ideas have been added. These elaborations take the form of questions to support student inquiry. See the grade 4 example below:
Drafts of the different courses for grades 10-12 mathematics were posted over the summer. They are available in pdf form with and without elaborations.
The Ministry and curriculum development teams are asking for feedback on the 10-12 drafts. You can submit feedback here:
K-9 Instructional Samples were posted over the summer. These samples have been submitted, invited or developed by the Ministry to support teachers as they enact the redesigned curriculum in their classrooms. There are some samples from Richmond included.
Interim Reporting Order
The much anticipated interim reporting order was released mid-August. This is a one-year interim order as the Ministry seeks more parental consultation regarding report cards. We had hoped to get this information in the spring so plans could be in place for the start of the school year. Districts will now need to make a decision in how to enact the reporting order and decide which format of reporting/report card to use this year.
One of the “new” but not surprising components of the order is that all students from K-9 will do a student self -assessment of core-competencies that will be included in their summative report at the end of the school year. Until we know for sure what the format for that will be in our district, it is important that throughout the year that we notice, name and nurture the core competencies in our classrooms so that students develop an awareness of the language associated with them so that the self-assessments can be meaningful.
More detailed information can be found here:
Information about the principles of quality assessment has been on the curriculum website since its inception. The “report card” is just a means of documenting and sharing assessment and evaluation evidence – what we really need to devote our energies to is creating meaningful assessment tools and practices that are aligned with the goals of the redesigned curriculum.
It’s an exciting year for teachers and students in BC. We have been playing with/piloting aspects of the redesigned curriculum here in Richmond for three years now and I know that we are able to embrace and enact this curriculum together.