Proposal Title

Breaking Down the Silo: Scheduling PBL for High School Courses

Presentation Type

Regular Presentation

Location

OM 3632

Start Date

19-2-2019 12:45 PM

End Date

19-2-2019 1:25 PM

Proposal Abstract

BC’s new educational curriculum has a clear directive for schools to follow: teach “a curriculum that enables and supports increasingly personalized learning, through quality teaching and learning, flexibility and choice, and high standards” (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/curriculum_intro.pdf). Many schools have looked to Project Based Learning (PBL) options and teaching models to help achieve this directive with much success. However, PBL becomes much more difficult to incorporate at senior grade levels (high school) due, in part, to scheduling norms and seemingly inherent classroom and subject restrictions. This presentation will share the successes, failures, and reflections from a pilot project currently being implemented by one local Independent school (Kamloops Christian School) that attempts to break down this traditional high school course scheduling model to better address the new BC Curriculum directives by creating week long, dual course, PBL based course offerings for its high school students. These course offerings mix two seemingly unrelated high school courses together (ex: Science and Leadership 10, or Career Ed. and Environmental Science 12) which are then taught by both of their respective course classroom teachers collaboratively. All other courses in the student’s regular schedules are put “on hold” and these courses are taught instead all day for week long timeframes multiple times in the year. This presentation will attempt to share the learnings gleaned by the school during the implementation of such a schedule.

Statement

Creative scheduling can allow all schools, including high schools, to better address the new BC Curriculum and create an open, flexible, engaging, and collaborative environment for both students and teachers to learn in.

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Feb 19th, 12:45 PM Feb 19th, 1:25 PM

Breaking Down the Silo: Scheduling PBL for High School Courses

OM 3632

BC’s new educational curriculum has a clear directive for schools to follow: teach “a curriculum that enables and supports increasingly personalized learning, through quality teaching and learning, flexibility and choice, and high standards” (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/curriculum_intro.pdf). Many schools have looked to Project Based Learning (PBL) options and teaching models to help achieve this directive with much success. However, PBL becomes much more difficult to incorporate at senior grade levels (high school) due, in part, to scheduling norms and seemingly inherent classroom and subject restrictions. This presentation will share the successes, failures, and reflections from a pilot project currently being implemented by one local Independent school (Kamloops Christian School) that attempts to break down this traditional high school course scheduling model to better address the new BC Curriculum directives by creating week long, dual course, PBL based course offerings for its high school students. These course offerings mix two seemingly unrelated high school courses together (ex: Science and Leadership 10, or Career Ed. and Environmental Science 12) which are then taught by both of their respective course classroom teachers collaboratively. All other courses in the student’s regular schedules are put “on hold” and these courses are taught instead all day for week long timeframes multiple times in the year. This presentation will attempt to share the learnings gleaned by the school during the implementation of such a schedule.