Rossland Secondary looks at personal learning transition

Rossland Secondary is transitioning into a more research and personalized structure approach to learning this year.

Rossland Secondary is transitioning into a more research and personalized structure approach to learning this year.

The new approach will be implemented in the lower grades of the 6-12 school, just the 6-9 for next year.

Principal Terry McDonnell said the move comes as a new direction from the Ministry of Education.

“What we’re doing is stepping back and trying to follow where the ministry is heading now, from the point of view that emphasis on learning outcomes is no longer there as much as it used to be,” McDonnell said.

The ministry is working towards individualized personal learning to try to work more with students’ strengths and interests. They then formulate a plan around that.

McDonnell gives the example of social studies.

“If a student is interested in a particular country then the teacher would work out with the students to decide what the outcomes would deal with in the project,” he said.

“So it’s just a different way. You try to capture their interests and use their interests to get them involved in their learning moreso than ‘here’s the outcome, go into a test.’”

The overall proposal was put together by vice-principal Mike Vanness.

The proposal diverges from the typical high school timetable, into an individual, personalized learning structure, without blocks and bells.

“It’s a more pod-like structure,” McDonnell said. “A pod would be, for example, grades six and seven all together. Let’s say there were 75 students, and we would designate, in this case, because it’s so simple, three teachers who would be responsible for all the instruction time for those students. The way they can get around that and get the kids involved is through the individualized learning.”

McDonnell said they hope to use this school year to develop the project.

“Next year would be the year that we try to implement it for 6 – 9,” he said. “We’d also begin to focus our energies on what can 10 – 12 look like.”

McDonnell said that it’s more difficult because of the teachers strike.

“We initiated it last year, we got them interested in May- June and we were able to meet in August,” he added. “There’s a good chunk of teachers that are rolling with it.”

Vice-principal Vanness said that the changes are already being seen, but the proposal is not final.

“At this point, we’re looking for input from the community at large,” Vanness said, adding that so far the reaction has been positive. “Rossland as a community has demonstrated strong support for this school, but the biggest challenge with any proposal is making it a reality.”

 

Just Posted

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Call a foul on cancer with the Pink Whistle Campaign

Local basketball referees are raising money for cancer research

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Most Read