By Vanessa Broadbent
Grade 10 students across the province, and Oliver, will be educated under a new curriculum as they start school this week.
The Ministry of Education has finalized and implemented its new Grade 10 curriculum, which in a press release it called “innovative and flexible” and said better prepares students for college, university and the workforce.
Marcus Toneatto, Director of Learning and Inquiry for School District 53, said the curriculum provides the freedom to personalize education for students.
“We are already seeing interdisciplinary programs such as the EPIC program and the English First Peoples/Art First Peoples 10 at SOSS (Southern Okanagan Secondary School) as examples of the increased opportunities students have to go deeper with their learning,” he said.
“As a district we are embracing these opportunities the revised curriculum provides for our educators to engage and empower our students with their learning with the goal of better preparing them for life after high school.”
Students from kindergarten to Grade 9 have already been studying under a new curriculum, implemented in September 2016.
“Teachers and students are already experiencing the benefits of the personalized, flexible nature of the new curriculum up to Grade 9,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.
“The new Grade 10 curriculum offers opportunities for teachers to engage their students in new and innovative ways of learning and to foster creativity. It truly is an exciting time for education in B.C. and I look forward to the positive impact this will have on student success.”
Excited to see the new, innovative & flexible Gr.10 curriculum launch this year. It will better prepare B.C. students for success in college, university & the 21st century workforce. #bced #BackToSchool2018
— Rob Fleming (@Rob_Fleming) September 6, 2018
The ministry says the curriculum redesign is intended to offer more personalized learning to meet students’ diverse needs, and help them feel more connected and engaged with their learning.
The curriculum also focusses on hands-on learning, as well as building collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills, which the ministry says will help prepare students for college, university and the workforce.
Both the new Grade 10 and the K-9 curricula include an added focus on indigenous content in all subjects; 17 First Nations languages have approved curriculum to be taught in B.C. schools, and six more are in development.
The new Grades 11 and 12 curricula and revised B.C. Graduation Program are set to be implemented in September 2019.