2) Coding is In!: Coding begins in the 6th grade in the curriculum. Students will also use digital media, manage their online image, and identify personal learning networks. I’m so glad that these necessary modern skills are intrinsic to the curriculum-as- written.
3) Metacognition as a Career Skill: The curriculum includes metacognition and emergent leadership skills. I look forward to seeing next generation's motivated leaders mentored up from elementary school!
4) Design thinking and Maker Movement: Learning includes market research, prototypes, and product iterations. It’s open-ended and flexible enough for the creation of both physical and digital products.
5) Competency-based: Focus is on competency growth to reflect needs in our information-rich society. This change fosters authentic learning experiences involving ‘doing’ rather than memorizing lists of facts and processes.
6) Sleek Website Interface: The curriculum is available online with mouse-over elaboration. The standards are neatly presented on about one page per grade! Working with this curriculum will be a dream, and I won't need to dog-ear tens of pages for reference.
BC’s New 2016 Curriculum is a great example of where a lot of teachers hope to see education going. There are also a lot of other great features that I didn’t have space to mention. I’ll keep posting about how using the curriculum pans out as our project moves forward!
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 18 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.