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OCT 3, 2015 - MINISTRY UPDATE - SCIENCE

              Curriculum Update 2015

                 BC Senior Science

 

Many of you will have heard of the pending curriculum changes to all BC curriculum. These changes started a several years ago with the release of the BC Ed plan. The goal of this revision is to have:

“A more flexible curriculum that prescribes less and enables more, for both teachers and students and a system focused on the core competencies, skills and knowledge that students need to succeed in the 21st century.”

The K to 9 curricula are now available for interested Districts and schools to begin implementation with full implementation in Sept 2016.

An August 2015 draft of grade 10 and High School courses has been posted at

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/10-12 and feedback can be provided at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/online-feedback .

 

Senior Science Format

The current draft is an “outline” and the courses are not considered “complete drafts (sic) but offer a flavour of what optional courses could encompass.” Implementation of this curriculum is currently scheduled for September 2017.

Many of you will recognize the similar format from the K to 9 science curriculum. First there are the core competencies. All curricula are designed to support the core competencies of and educated citizen: Communication; Thinking; Personal and Social Responsibility. As a side note, I would watch how reporting practice change over the next couple of years to better support these core competencies.

Each grade or course is built around 4 to 6 Big Ideas. These Big Ideas “tell the story of science thorough the concepts featured”. At this point, it’s best to look at these Big Ideas as a work in progress. There is a lack of consistency in how they are written and how “Big” each statement is in terms of scope. I suspect in the next revision the Big Ideas will be more succinct.

Supporting the Big Ideas are the Learning Standards. These standards are broken into two parts: Curricular Competencies and Content. Both parts of the Learning Standards are somewhat limited in scope so the Ministry plans to include elaborations or explanations in future drafts. For the K to 9 science curriculum these elaborations provide limited guidance.  

The Curricular Competencies are similar to the process skills found in previous curricula. The Content is similar to current PLO except the statement are not written in an assessable format. This is a serious shortcoming for all curricula and leads to the question: “How do I assess student performance?” Students are expected to ‘do’ and ‘know’, but there is minimal assessment direction from this document. This lack of direction will be a major challenge for Districts. It doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with the vision of this current round of curricular change, the bottom line is that an ‘A’ will be different in every classroom in the province.

Two areas of interest to senior science teachers will be grade 10 and course structure.

Grade 10

There are two big questions around grade 10: Will there be an exam for this grade; and what do I have to teach? At this point in time the first answer is “YES” and the second answer is in the table below:

 

Topic

Big Idea

Genetics

Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things.

 

Chemical Reactions

 

Chemical processes require energy change as atoms are rearranged.

Energy

Energy is conserved, and its transformation can affect living things and the environment.

 

Space

The formation of the universe can be explained by the big bang theory.

 

 

Course Structure

The following Table outlines the current and new course structure for senior sciences. Students will still need a senior science course to graduate. Many will welcome the optional nature of this new curriculum and the new environmental science courses. But, it’s not clear how timetables, and consequently funding, will allow for combinations of various courses. It is also not clear how students currently taking Science and Technology type courses will find an appropriate course to reflect their needs.

 

Current IRP

Proposed Provincial Optional Curriculum

Biology 11 and 12

Biology 11 and 12

Chemistry 11 and 12

Chemistry 11 and 12

Physics 11 and 12

Applications of Physics 11 and 12

Physics 11 and 12

Earth Science 11 and Geology 12

Earth Sciences 11 and 12

Sustainable Resources 11 and 12

Science and Technology 11

Environmental Science 11 and 12

 

For more detail on each course, please see: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/s_10-12.pdf

 

Future posts will examine the changes in each curriculum, but in broad strokes only Biology 11 will have significant changes. And of course, Environmental Science is completely new. It is hard to comment on the Earth Science as grade 12 is missing and grade 11 appears incomplete.

 

Final Thoughts

As a publisher of print and digital resources, my goal is to provide you with the tools to be successful as a professional and help you create an exciting learning environment for teaching science. While this curriculum clearly has a goal of bringing more students to science and allowing them to explore their interests I am concerned that this is being done with insufficient resources. Not having the time and funds to learn, plan and implement this new curriculum is a recipe for continuing the status quo. We will do our part to support you as the classroom teacher. I believe you know we always have had this goal as our main focus when producing resources for a new curriculum. But, it is time for our educational leaders in Districts to demand sufficient resources before passing these new policies along to the classroom teacher. Towing the party line just to get the job done is no longer acceptable.

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OCT 3, 2015 - Ministry Update – Transforming BC's Curriculum - Part 2

Curriculum Update 2015

BC Senior Science

 

Many of you will have heard of the pending curriculum changes to all BC curriculum. These changes started a several years ago with the release of the BC Ed plan. The goal of this revision is to have:

“A more flexible curriculum that prescribes less and enables more, for both teachers and students and a system focused on the core competencies, skills and knowledge that students need to succeed in the 21st century.”

The K to 9 curricula are now available for interested Districts and schools to begin implementation with full implementation in Sept 2016.

An August 2015 draft of grade 10 and High School courses has been posted at

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/10-12 and feedback can be provided at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/online-feedback .

 

Senior Science Format

The current draft is an “outline” and the courses are not considered “complete drafts (sic) but offer a flavour of what optional courses could encompass.” Implementation of this curriculum is currently scheduled for September 2017.

Many of you will recognize the similar format from the K to 9 science curriculum. First there are the core competencies. All curricula are designed to support the core competencies of and educated citizen: Communication; Thinking; Personal and Social Responsibility. As a side note, I would watch how reporting practice change over the next couple of years to better support these core competencies.

Each grade or course is built around 4 to 6 Big Ideas. These Big Ideas “tell the story of science thorough the concepts featured”. At this point, it’s best to look at these Big Ideas as a work in progress. There is a lack of consistency in how they are written and how “Big” each statement is in terms of scope. I suspect in the next revision the Big Ideas will be more succinct.

Supporting the Big Ideas are the Learning Standards. These standards are broken into two parts: Curricular Competencies and Content. Both parts of the Learning Standards are somewhat limited in scope so the Ministry plans to include elaborations or explanations in future drafts. For the K to 9 science curriculum these elaborations provide limited guidance.  

The Curricular Competencies are similar to the process skills found in previous curricula. The Content is similar to current PLO except the statement are not written in an assessable format. This is a serious shortcoming for all curricula and leads to the question: “How do I assess student performance?” Students are expected to ‘do’ and ‘know’, but there is minimal assessment direction from this document. This lack of direction will be a major challenge for Districts. It doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with the vision of this current round of curricular change, the bottom line is that an ‘A’ will be different in every classroom in the province.

Two areas of interest to senior science teachers will be grade 10 and course structure.

Grade 10

There are two big questions around grade 10: Will there be an exam for this grade; and what do I have to teach? At this point in time the first answer is “YES” and the second answer is in the table below:

 

Topic

Big Idea

Genetics

Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things.

 

Chemical Reactions

 

Chemical processes require energy change as atoms are rearranged.

Energy

Energy is conserved, and its transformation can affect living things and the environment.

 

Space

The formation of the universe can be explained by the big bang theory.

 

 

Course Structure

The following Table outlines the current and new course structure for senior sciences. Students will still need a senior science course to graduate. Many will welcome the optional nature of this new curriculum and the new environmental science courses. But, it’s not clear how timetables, and consequently funding, will allow for combinations of various courses. It is also not clear how students currently taking Science and Technology type courses will find an appropriate course to reflect their needs.

 

Current IRP

Proposed Provincial Optional Curriculum

Biology 11 and 12

Biology 11 and 12

Chemistry 11 and 12

Chemistry 11 and 12

Physics 11 and 12

Applications of Physics 11 and 12

Physics 11 and 12

Earth Science 11 and Geology 12

Earth Sciences 11 and 12

Sustainable Resources 11 and 12

Science and Technology 11

Environmental Science 11 and 12

 

For more detail on each course, please see: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/s_10-12.pdf

 

Future posts will examine the changes in each curriculum, but in broad strokes only Biology 11 will have significant changes. And of course, Environmental Science is completely new. It is hard to comment on the Earth Science as grade 12 is missing and grade 11 appears incomplete.

 

Final Thoughts

As a publisher of print and digital resources, my goal is to provide you with the tools to be successful as a professional and help you create an exciting learning environment for teaching science. While this curriculum clearly has a goal of bringing more students to science and allowing them to explore their interests I am concerned that this is being done with insufficient resources. Not having the time and funds to learn, plan and implement this new curriculum is a recipe for continuing the status quo. We will do our part to support you as the classroom teacher. I believe you know we always have had this goal as our main focus when producing resources for a new curriculum. But, it is time for our educational leaders in Districts to demand sufficient resources before passing these new policies along to the classroom teacher. Towing the party line just to get the job done is no longer acceptable.

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 ** MINISTRY UPDATE - JUNE 19, 2013 **

In the last month the Ministry of Education has released further documentation related to the transformation of BC’s Curriculum under the BC Education Plan. I have commented upon this plan in previous blog posts. Here are some of my initial thoughts on the work to date.

The preamble points out stakeholders from across the province were consulted to provide the conclusion:

 

“A more flexible curriculum that prescribes less and enables more, for both teachers and students and a system focused on the core competencies, skills and knowledge that students need to succeed in the 21st century.”

 

Further comments included teachers stating the curriculum has too many PLO’s (I guess they didn’t check out the secondary science curriculum). It was felt that reducing outcomes will give more time and flexibility to allow students to explore their interests and passions. I suspect there will no new money to support these new directions. Consequently, it’s pretty safe to say that you won’t change anything if you don’t properly fund it. At the same time, it’s critical to stay abreast of these developments. Then each of us can participate in our own way to provide the feedback necessary to make the appropriate changes that work for teacher and student. It is with this thought in mind that I’ll summarize the key aspects of the work to date.

You can find the documents discussed below at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/transforming_curriculum.php . For a somewhat humourous (?) look at how to find this page, I made a small video of my adventures on the Ministry website looking for this information.

The two new documents are:

  1. Exploring Curriculum Design
  2. Defining Cross Curricular Competencies

The framework for these policy documents come from the Enabling Innovation report released in August 2012 and previously mentioned in blog posts.

1. Exploring Curriculum Design – January 2013

The first four pages of this report provide background on who was consulted and guiding principles for future curriculum development. When I read the guiding principles ( a concept I like in building a coherent curricular structure) I must confess that it is unclear to me the difference between prescriptive nature of current curricula and essential learning as written in the third bullet. The only difference seems to me that the people writing this document were not the people who wrote the last curriculum. Hence, their favourite material didn’t get included. And in the fourth bullet it is equally unclear how you build on higher order learning when you’re dealing with a novice learner to a particular big idea or enduring understanding. Expert problem solvers come from having a deep repertoire of background knowledge to draw upon when utilizing higher order thinking skills. This particular research based fact seems to counter the thought held by many “educational gurus” who feel a student can access higher order thinking skills by accessing a search engine to find information on any particular concept.

The second part of the document gives an overview of the different subject areas. The science summary is on page 6 where the development group indicates the focus was on Kindergarten to grade 10. A reasonable decision given the timelines. There isn’t really any ground breaking observations as most science curriculum writers in the past have figured out the difference between curricular outcomes and teaching strategies to support learning in the classroom. It appears the same cannot be said for other subject areas.

Finally a model for future curriculum development is provided along with draft prototypes. As you can see from the Science 7 draft, there are many new terms and many boxes of information to be filled. I say to be filled because the subject committees were given the same template to work with. This template is similar to other provincial and state formats (Manitoba comes to mind). It attempts to capture the complex nature of the classroom by providing a post-modern reflection of current educational thinking. There are so many different ways to look at this page, that everyone will be happy because they see their point of view reflected in the document. But, no one will be satisfied, because they don’t have a clue what to teach. So, depending of where you sit on this continuum will determine your level of comfort with this particular presentation. At the same time, it could be a very exciting time in the science education community if we could start conversations around should science be taught with a focus on Enduring Understandings or Learning Standards or Cross-Curricular Competencies. My sense is that what is likely to happen is the question will narrow down to what should go in the box labeled “Content”. And to some degree this is appropriate as it outlines what the learning map in each classroom must start to look like. The bigger question is how to we support science teachers weave in the other aspects of the proposed curriculum when there is no interest in funding these changes. The potential to have engaging, thought provoking science activities woven into the daily activities of the classroom is so great we need to let people know the extra funding for such activities is critical. I’m reminded of the comment it’s cheaper to pay up front with education then later with other government supports.

Finally there is a short section on Next Steps including a request to help in the review process by contacting the Ministry at curriculum@gov.bc.ca. I think it would be appropriate to have a real name instead of an anonymous email address.

My analysis of the second document, Defining Cross-Curricular Competencies will be in the next blog update about two weeks from now.

 


 Fall 2012 Ministry Update: A New Direction with Science Curriculum

With the provincial professional development day almost upon us, I felt it was time to contact folks in the Ministry for an update on impending science curriculum revisions. Much of this information will be shared at our user-group Institute on Friday at David Thompson Secondary, but for those of you that can’t attend, here is a summary.

New Ministry Science Curriculum Coordinator

About three years ago at our BC Science Institute some of you may recall in my keynote address I stated that no meaningful work on science curriculum could occur until there was a science coordinator at the Ministry. I am happy to report that there is now a dedicated science and environmental education coordinator for curriculum. Please join me in virtually welcoming Connie Cirkony to her position. For those of you that did not teach with her, you may have met her at either Science World or during the Year of Science where she was the coordinator for that initiative. You can contact her via email by putting a period between her first and last name and ending the address with @gov.bc.ca

K to 10 Curriculum Revisions

Over the summer I know a group of science teachers met with her to develop some draft prototype material as a framework for new curriculum development K to 10. You can find examples of this work at:

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/transforming_curriculum.php

Over the next couple of weeks, new material will be released and I will provide some commentary on that work rather than this preliminary work. Needless to say, change is afoot now, and I suspect, after the election.

Graduation Program Consultations

Of equal note is the research phase of the graduation program. Over the next month, meetings in many districts are occurring under the guidance of various Board staff. If you are interested in providing guidance to policy being developed for a revised graduation program, you may with to consult this site:

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/

I do encourage you to do this quickly as most meetings appear to be finished by the end of November 2012 and reports being release in early 2013.

Returning to my keynote address, I indicated to the 250+ science educators that attended I would let everyone know when it appeared curriculum change was beginning and that input from the field would be required. The time is nearing and we will continue to keep you updated via this site and our newsletters as we learn more about timelines and opportunities for consultation.

Have a good Pro-D day everyone. 

 

Lionel

Textbooks & Digital support posted online!

Monday, Sept 24 - Edvantage Schools Update

Just a quick note to let folks know that passwords for the pdf files and teacher wikis have been sent out. You should have received an email outlining how to access the pdf files and your school login and password to access the answer keys. 

Edvantage Schools Checklist

* Textbooks (WorkTexts) - $19.95 until Sept 28

* Teacher Wiki Login (Answer Key) - Chem 11Chem 12Physics 11

* Custom pdfs (for your school)

* Online Study Guide - all teachers/students can access. Enrolment key - "bcscience"

Please let us know if you have not received this email. 

For those of you looking for a short overview of the program, I've made a Program Overview Video  that gives teachers & students the "big picture" of the four main components of the BC Science program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW VIDEO

Hope everyone has had a smooth start to the school year. More information on the  Online Study Guide for students and October Pro-D day coming soon.

Lionel

A New School Year with Exciting Opportunities ....

Welcome back to a new school year.

I hope the summer was a restorative time that allowed you to relax and have some fun as well as reflect in preparation for this upcoming school year.

We have been busy at Edvantage getting our new textbooks and digital resources ready for you. Additionally, we have some exciting news about upcoming professional development activities and senior biology resources.

I am very happy to say that we now have 126 schools (see list below) using our program. This is an amazing example of our science community engaging in new print and digital resources in innovative and sustainable ways. I am committed to developing resources that support teacher/student customization and multi-platform accessibility that includes the use of tablets and smartphones.

Textbook and Digital Support Update

ALL textbook orders arrive at your school by Sept 4. As promised, each textbook has a glossary, index and answer key. By Sept 12 another email will provide you with information regarding your digital logins. There will be two different login and passwords:

  1. Teacher Wiki – this will be a login and password for Teacher use only. It will give you access to the answer keys. All other parts of the wiki including additional links and access to the e-reader will be open to all. Because it is a Wiki, I encourage you to share any material you would like by posting it to the appropriate page.

           BC Science Chemistry 11 Teacher Wiki

           BC Science Chemistry 12 Teacher Wiki

           BC Science Physics 11 Teacher Wiki

  1. Online Study Guide (OSG) – this will be an enrollment key for the respective worktext courses you have ordered. The OSG is designed to provide on-demand personalized support for students. A Moodle based learning management system will deliver videos of worked solutions, diagnostic quizzes, PowerPoint study notes and additional support material. All a student needs to register is a valid email address. You can check out the OSG (after Sept 10) at www.edvantageinteractive.com/science moodle

Both the Wiki and OSG are available until June 30, 2013 at no additional charge.

Until the passwords are sent out, both the Wiki and OSG will have open access. This will allow you to check in as we upload new content over the next two weeks. Once all content is loaded, the passwords will be put into place.

Customized pdf's for your school

Many of you have asked for copies of the worktext in pdf format. These files will be available in early September. I am moving to a customized professional model for use of our pdf files. Each school will receive a customized set of pdf files indicating school and length of license. The files can be used in any manner for the period of the license.

October 19, 2012 Edvantage Schools Digital Day

Mark your calendars for Friday October 19, 2012 in Vancouver. We are planning a professional development event with a focus on using the digital resources available in the program. Integrating tablets and smartphones into the program will be a key aspect of the day. For those of you with iPads, I encourage you to check out Explain Everything in the App Store. It is an amazing teaching tool that we have been using this summer.

BC Science Biology 11

Finally, I am very happy to announce we are moving forward with development on BC Science Biology 11. After many years and many conversations I think the time has come to start developing a new resource for this course. As the Ministry of Education appears to be embarking on a new round of curriculum renewal, our flexible programs with a focus on customized digital content will be an ideal fit for the new directions on the horizon.

Thanks again for your continued support and have a great start to the school year.

 

Lionel

Lionel Sandner, B. Ed., M. Ed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As President of a new Canadian publishing company Edvantage Interactive, Lionel brings 25+ years of science teaching, curriculum and resource development to science education, schools & teachers across Canada. Born in Kamloops, Lionel settled in Victoria &  taught Science for 18 years. A Prime Minister’s Award winner, Lionel has also worked for the BC Ministry of Education, including acting as the Lead Coordinator for the Pan-Canadian Science Project,& was the Canadian Director for the National ScienceTeachers Association (NSTA). Lionel has also taught Science methods and first-year Physics at University of Victoria.

 

 

Over the past 15 years, Lionel has been lead author and senior consultant on numerous Science resources across Canada, including Addison-Wesley Science & Technology 3–8 , Addison-Wesley Science in Action 7–9 , Addison-Wesley Science 10, Pearson Physics, BC Science 8–10 (McGraw-Hill Ryerson), Science Foundations 10 (Edvantage Press).

Most recently, Lionel (Edvantage Press) partnered with Pearson Canada to develop new Ontario resources - Investigating Science and Technology7-10, as well Physics Source 11 & Biology Source 11.


In 2009, Lionel formed Edvantage Interactive with Don Franklin to develop & market custom secondary science resources in Canada, engaging & supporting teachers through online communities, & collaborating with the communities to develop innovative “write-in” WorkTexts & digital support for teachers & students.

In 2012, our mandate is to develop the ONLY 100% custom, write-in BC Science textbook & Online Study Guide to personalize learning for Chemistry, Physics & Biology students with tablet & smartphone functionality.

Online Study Guide - available the week of August 27

ONLINE STUDY GUIDE - BC Science Physics 11 DEMO

www.edvantageinteractive/sciencemoodle

 CH 2: Kinematics

Looking for more help in the sections below?

2.1 Speed and Velocity

2.2 Acceleration

2.3 Uniform Acceleration

2.4 Acceleration due to Gravity

Check out the Quiz, Video-Worked Solutions, PowerPoints, Worksheets & more...

BC Science CHEMISTRY 12

Cheri Smith     Chris Toth

    Megan Ryan    Gary Davidson

Updated Textbook

Updated Teacher Wiki

NEW - Online Study Guide

 

 

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE & BUDGET FOR 2013-14

 

BC Science PHYSICS 11

Lionel Sandner    Gordon R. Gore

 

Teacher Support WIKI

Write-in Textbooks

100% fit to BC IRP

Digital Teacher Support

 

 

BC Science CHEMISTRY 11  

BC Chemistry 11 Wiki

 

** Answer Key in Textbook **

Index & Glossary

 

 

NEW - Answer Keys added to Textbooks for Fall 2013

Thanks to the 175 implementation schools !!!

 

“We decided to invest in the trial classroom set so that our current Chemistry 11 students could give us feedback. It was a good investment. They have worked with the book for a month or more now, and they like it; the student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

From the teacher perspective, the book has many extras that are needed for the accelerated students, and there will not need to do as much supplementing to do to flesh out the course. The teacher quite likes the ebook and likes the online resources that are available to support the course, and we think that as the community grows so too will this resource.

It is a strong plus from us and we will be using the book next year.”

Elspeth Anderson – Science Dept Head

Cat Spinney – Chemistry Teacher

Crofton House

 

172 schools  - as of Oct 1, 2013

NEW - Rick Hansen Secondary - Abbotsford SD 34

NEW - Dr. Charles Best (Coquitlam SD #43)

NEW - Boundary Secondary School (Grand Forks)

NEW - St Michael's University School (SMUS) - Victoria (Independent)

NEW - Oak Bay Secondary - Greater Victoria SD61)

NEW - Collingwood School  - West Vancouver (Independent)

NEW - Vancouver College - Vancouver (Independent)

NEW - Little Flower Academy - Vancouver (Independent)

NEW - UBC Transition - Vancouver (VSB)

NEW - Burnaby South Secondary - Burnaby SD 41

NEW - Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary - CISVA

NEW - North Surrey Secondary - Surrey SD 36

NEW - Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary - Surrey SD 36

NEW - Tamanawis Secondary - Surrey SD 36

NEW - DW Poppy Secondary - Langley SD

NEW - North Delta  Secondary - Delta SD

NEW John Barsby Secondary - Nanaimo SD 68

NEW - Learn@home- Nanaimo SD 68

NEW - Woodlands Secondary - Nanaimo SD 58

NEW - Nakusp Secondary - Nakusp

NEW - Queen Margaret’s School - Duncan (Independent)

NEW - Garibaldi Secondary - Maple Ridge SD 42

NEW - Thomas Haney Secondary - Maple Ridge SD 42

NEW - Maple Ridge Secondary - Maple Ridge SD 42

NEW - Westview Secondary - Maple Ridge SD 42

NEW - Charles Bloom Secondary

NEW - Fernie Academy

NEW - Fraser Valley Adventist Academy - Aldergrove (Independent)

NEW - Okanagan Adventist Academy

NEW Hatzic Secondary

NEW - Highroad Acadamy - Chilliwack (Independent)

NEW - GW Graham Secondary

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NEW -SPI Foreign Language School (BC Offshore Schools)

NEW - Horizon Christian School - USA

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NEW - Highlands Secondary - Comox

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NEW - Valleyview Secondary - Kamloops SD 73

NEW - John Oliver Secondary - VSB

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NEW - Cariboo Chilcotin SD 27 - District wide !!!

NEW - Mennonite Educational Institute - Abbotsford (Independent)

NEW - St Georges's School - Vancouver (Independent)

NEW - Timothy Christian School - Chilliwack (Independent)

NEW - WL Seaton Secondary - Vernon SD 22

NEW - Clearwater Secondary School - Kamloops SD 73

NEW - Lake Cowichan Secondary - Cowichan Valley SD 79

NEW - University Hill Secondary - VSB

NEW - White Rock Christian Academy - Surrey SD 36

NEW - Timberline Secondary - Campbell River SD

NEW - West Point Grey Academy - Vancouver (Independent)

NEW - Gladstone Secondary - VSB

NEW - St Ann's Academy - Kamloops (Independent)

NEW - Thomas Haney Secondary - Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows SD 42

NEW - Windermere Secondary - VSB

NEW - Alpha Secondary - Burnaby SD 41

NEW - Fort St James Secondary - Nechako Lakes (SD 91)

NEW - Dover Bay Secondary - Nanaimo SD 68

NEW - Elgin Park Secondary - Surrey SD 36

NEW - Notre Dame Regional (Independent)

NEW - Crofton House - Vancouver (Independent)

NEW - South Delta Secondary - Delta SD

NEW - Kitsilano Secondary - VSB (Vancouver School Board)

NEW - Vancouver Technical Secondary - VSB

NEW - Templeton Secondary - VSB

NEW - David Thompson Secondary - VSB

NEW - St Thomas More Collegiate - Burnaby (Independent)

NEW - Burnaby North Secondary - Burnaby SD

Burnaby Central Secondary - Burnaby SD

NEW - Byrne Creek Secondary - Burnaby SD

NEW - Pinetree Secondary - Coquitlam SD

NEW - Terry Fox Secondary - Coquitlam SD

Gleneagle Secondary - Coquitlam SD

Bodwell High School - North Vancouver (Independent)

NEW - Fleetwood Park Secondary - Surrey SD

Guildford Park Secondary - Surrey SD

NEW - L A  Mathieson Secondary - Surrey SD

NEW - Fraser Heights Secondary - Surrey SD

NEW - Surrey Christian School - Surrey (Independent)

NEW - Holy Cross Regional Secondary - Surrey (Independent)

NEW - Walnut Grove Secondary - Langley SD

NEW - Brookswood Secondary - Langley SD

NEW - Credo Christian Secondary - Langley (Independent)

NEW - Yale Secondary - Abbotsford SD

NEW - Abbotsford Collegiate - Abbotsford SD

W J  Mouat Secondary - Abbotsford SD

NEW - Abbotsford Traditional Senior Secondary- Abbotsford SD

NEW - Dasmesh Punjabi School - Abbotsford (Independent)

NEW - St Margaret’s School - Victoria (Independent)

NEW - Claremont Secondary - Saanich SD 63

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Mt Doug Secondary - Greater Victoria SD 61

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Gold River Secondary - SD 84 (Vcr Island West)

NEW - David Thompson Secondary - Rocky Mountain SD (Invermere)

NEW - Selkirk Secondary – Rocky Mountain SD (Kimberley)

NEW - Mount Baker Secondary – Southeast Kootenay (Cranbrook)

May 15: Executive Summary Biology & Physics - Lionel Sandner


BC Science Biology 11 and BC Science Physics 11 Survey

Executive Summary

Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey over the past couple of weeks. I appreciate the time each of you took to provide us with a sense of the world in Science teaching throughout BC schools. While I’d like to summarize some of the key findings, you can view the results of each survey at:

Physics Survey 

Biology Survey 

As a methodology I reviewed the responses for each survey and pulled out key trends that the majority of folks responded to for various sections. In some cases, there were similar views like the biggest change in Physics and Biology 11 was the access both students and teachers had to technology and half of the respondents maintain their own website. In other contexts there were differences. 56% of Biology teachers felt they needed access to the Internet to teach their courses. Biology teachers were also not as satisfied with the existing curriculum and would like to see a better alignment between grade 10 and Biology 11. Namely, this was identified as removing Ecology from grade 11 as it’s covered in grade 10.

 

As you review the results, I don’t think it would a surprise to say that how we teach science is shifting. There is a greater focus on technology and assessment. But, equally important is that the need for hands-on lab activities has still remained a strong focus. I am very encouraged by the continued focus on developing inquiry skills in conjunction with the required knowledge required to develop a scientifically literate individual.

Two areas that need to be addressed are the dissatisfaction with the present Biology 11 curriculum as discussed above and the extensive use of the photocopier. For Biology teachers, a third (32%) of all respondents photocopy 50% or more of their materials. In Physics a quarter of all respondents reach this level of photocopying. I see this as a response to a curriculum that was implemented without sufficient support for resource development. While the reader will know I carry a bias towards making high quality resources for BC teachers and students, perhaps it’s time to convert those photocopying costs into the development of customized resources that support teachers and students.

Again, thanks everyone for your support.

Lionel Sandner

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Lionel Sandner

President

Edvantage Interactive

website: www.bcscienceinteractions.com

email: lionel@edvantageinteractive.com

blog: http://gravitationalideas.blogspot.com/

twitter: LionelSandner


 

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