Embracing the New BC Curriculum’s Focus on Personalized and Student-Centred Learning
The most important innovation the new BC curriculum offers is its focus on personalization. Personalized learning strives to address each student’s needs, preferences, strengths, interests, and aspirations as part of a movement designed to promote greater student accountability and engagement in the classroom. Undoubtedly, student-centred learning will have a profound impact on BC schools for years to come.
Maple Grove staff are a dedicated team of passionate and experienced teachers who are actively working to align our curriculum with the Ministry’s new guidelines. We have made a concerted effort to protect the academic rigor of our program, while striving to adapt new and promising approaches to teaching and learning. As we head into third term, I am particularly impressed by the impact that our implementation of personalized learning strategies have had on both the Traditional program and in our Montessori program.
Since September, all our intermediate and primary teachers have participated in regular meetings to review our curriculum planning and to share what is happening in our classrooms. Without exception, I have walked away from all of these meetings feeling inspired by the staff and by the stories that they share.
During the first and second term reporting period students considered the First Peoples Principle of Learning that states, “Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.” They researched ancestors, who had overcome personal challenges, and presented their work at our heritage fair (just before spring break). Many of the students I spoke with said that “Working on this project made me realize that determination runs through my family. A lot of my ancestors never stopped until they did something great.”
Other students stated, “Although now I live in a safe country where there is little discrimination, I know that my ancestors had to work hard to make a better life for themselves and their families….” These statements and reflections on our heritage served as timely reminders to give thanks for who we are an the diversity of our backgrounds.
Another personalized learning opportunity that is evident at MG this year, is the importance of reading as a means of developing stronger thinking and writing skills. Two yeas ago MG staff designed a framework for successful critical thinking. Throughout the year, students will be expected to select books to read stories that are aligned with their own interests, as long as the books that they choose to read possess literary merit. They will be expected to critically examine work and analyze content.
MG intends to build on these successes by extending our use of student-centred learning strategies to include discussion-based approaches to teaching and learning school-wide. Please stay tuned for more information.
RBC RACE FOR THE KIDS
SUNDAY, JUNE 4th, 2017 AT 9:00 AM
Please help a great cause and join the Maple Grove Runners
to raise money for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!
All Maple Grove students, parents and staff are welcome to join the school team.
Start Line: Midlothian Ave & Clancy Loranger Way (by Hillcrest Community Ctr.)
Please use this link to join our School team “MAPLE GROVE RUNNERS”
or just visit the BC Children’s Hospital’s Events page
Click the “RBC Run for the Kids” icon on the right and click “Register” and follow the prompts.
NOTE: When you get to “Registration Options”
Click on “Join an Existing Team”
There will be an A-Z drop-down menu so you can select
“Maple Grove Runners”
You can choose to do a 2km Fun Run/Walk or 5km distance.
All Maple Grove Team runners will receive a team T-shirt and if you are a KM Club member, your race km will be added to your individual KM Club tally. And if that wasn’t enough… there is a carnival celebration at the finish line.
If you can’t come out to run please consider making a donation.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
April 13- Seismic Open House 3:00-6:00 in the library
April 14 – Good Friday Holiday
April 17 – Easter Monday Holiday
May 5th – Pro D Day- No School
– Staff working with project team and architects
Link to Maple Grove District calendar or click the following pdf link to see our monthly school calendar. Please note the district calendar has been revised for next year.