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What does it all mean? March 9, 2011

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Over the past year there has been a great deal of public discussion about education and what is best for student learning.  In this post I will try to provide some background information that may help you develop a clearer picture of some of the great things that are happening in classrooms around the SD41.  You may have heard talk about changes in education as the world around us changes.  Some of the terms you may have heard, among others, probably include:

Personalized Learning

21st Century Learning

Independent Directed Studies (IDS)

As your familiarity of these terms will vary I included links for each of those sections.  If you are completely new to this (and that is completely understandable) your ability to choose which links to click or to skip them altogether  has allowed you to personalize your learning!

Personally I am not convinced that the term 21st Century Learning captures the full meaning of what we are doing.  This is not meant to devalue  the great research and time devoted to this title, I simply prefer the term Personalized Learning in the 21st Century.  Or, to take it a step further, I am even more comfortable with the notion that we are personalizing learning in changing times. I prefer this because we live in an era that is changing so quickly that students (and educators) are learning with rapidly advancing technology.  Due to the rapid nature of this change, it is challenging to predict  what the world will be like for our students ten years from now let alone throughout the 21st Century.

IDS courses allow students to pursue their personal interests, with the guidance and facilitation of a teacher.  To me this is a perfect example of personalizing learning in changing times because this form of learning puts the student squarely in the driver’s seat of the learning.

The descriptions above are by no means exhaustive nor definitive as there are teachers, administrators, parents and students who are actively exploring what those terms look like and mean to learners across SD41.  If you are reading this and you have your own definition or examples of those terms, I encourage you to include those in the comments section to help push the thinking forward on what is best for learning. (more…)

Time is Flying February 1, 2011

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Today marked the official half-way point of the year.  I was surprised this morning when I realized that time has moved so quickly.  Over the coming weeks we will be completing course selection.  The grade 12 students will begin their Grad Transitions interviews and our students will have several opportunities to put their school spirit on display as our basketball teams enter the playoffs.

With our Fine Arts Night recently completed many of the students whose work was showcased in January are now in the final stretch of preparing for the production of Little Shop of Horrors – to be performed in the MJF Theatre this spring.

The Music and Business departments are combining to take students to New York over Spring Break meanwhile Student Government is taking time out of their RebelFest preparations to organize a Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Sister School.

Grad activities are starting (note to parents official activities are posted on the school’s website!).

The list above is just a brief snapshot of some of the great things that have been happening and continue to happen with our school.  I know I speak for all of the Administrators when I say how proud we are of our community for all of the phenomenal things that are happening both curricular and extra-curricular.

The 2nd half of the school year promises to bring a great deal of excitement.  It’s a fantastic time to be at Burnaby South.