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The purpose of this curriculum page is to offer relevant references, resources and support that relate to all Secondary Teachers. Specific discipline references, resources and support can be found within secondary school communities, through school based Department Heads.
To begin, be sure to refer to the B.C. Curriculum which can be found on the Ministry of Education Curriculum website
Learning is a social constructivist process where teaching students to think and talk together leads to learning that is far deeper and far more lasting. By teaching students to think and talk together they begin to own what they are constructing as opposed to just absorbing information and giving it back to us. Knowledge develops from how people interact with each other, their culture, and society at large. Students rely on others to help create their building blocks and learning from others helps them construct their own knowledge and reality. All learners should be equipped with the skills required to know how to think and talk together in ways that innovate as they look to build and sustain the types of societies, we want our children to live in. ~Building Bigger Ideas (Nichols) and Western Governors University
Check out the following resources as you explore strategies that can be applied to all secondary classrooms as you look to develop a learning environment that promotes open, honest, and informed discussions.
Setting the Tone for Productive Classroom Discussions
Creating a space for students to engage with controversial topics starts with shared norms like “assume best intentions” and “show respect and courage.” ~Edutopia
Forming Ground Rules (Creating Norms) Norms Construction (A Process of Negotiation)
Getting Students Talking and Thinking Together
Checklist Goals for Productive
Discussions and Nine Talk Moves
Sample phrases to get you started
using Talk Moves in the classroom.
Productive Talk Moves Talk Moves
Make Just One Change (Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana)
Drawing on twenty years of experience, the authors present the Question Formulation Technique, a concise and powerful protocol that enables learners to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize how to use them. This deceptively simple yet profoundly important practice results in students who are more curious and engaged, take greater ownership of their own education, and are learning more deeply than ever before.
To learn more, check out The Right Question Institute
Making Student Thinking Visible
Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12 (Peter Liljedahl)
Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12 helps teachers implement 14 optimal practices for thinking that create an ideal setting for deep learning to occur. This guide: provides the what, why, and how of each practice and answers teachers’ most frequently asked questions; includes firsthand accounts of how these practices foster thinking through teacher and student interviews and student work samples; offers a plethora of macro moves, micro moves, and rich tasks to get started; organizes the 14 practices into four toolkits that can be implemented in order and built on throughout the year.
Note: Despite being written from a lens of math education teachers from all disciplines will find strategies that can be directly applied to their classroom practice.
To learn more, check out 14 Practices of a Thinking Classroom.
Creating a Feedback Culture
The Ethic of Excellence (Ron Berger)
Drawing from his own remarkable experience as a veteran classroom teacher (still in the classroom), Ron Berger gives us a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift—a schoolwide embrace of an “ethic of excellence.” A master carpenter as well as a gifted teacher, Berger is guided by a craftsman’s passion for quality, describing what’s possible when teachers, students, and parents commit to nothing less than the best. But Berger’s not just idealistic, he’s realistic—he tells exactly how this can be done, from the blackboard to the blacktop to the school boardroom.
Feedback is arguably the most critical and powerful aspect of teaching and learning. Yet, there remains a paradox: why is feedback so powerful and why is it so variable? It is this paradox which Visible Learning: Feedback aims to unravel and resolve.
Combining research excellence, theory and vast teaching expertise, this book covers the principles and practicalities of feedback, including: the variability of feedback, the importance of surface, deep and transfer contexts, student to teacher feedback, peer to peer feedback, and the power of within lesson feedback and manageable post-lesson feedback.
With numerous case-studies, examples and engaging anecdotes woven throughout, the authors also shed light on what creates an effective feedback culture and provide the teaching and learning structures which give the best possible framework for feedback.
To learn more, check out Visible Learning.
Indigenous Graduation Requirement Information
Ministry Information about the Indigenous Graduation Requirement (edited June 2022)
District Information, Initiatives & Resources
EFP 10-12 Curriculum Support Document here
- This EFP 10 -12 curriculum support, is an ongoing and evolving document from Instructional Services to support school-based communities in their designing of EFP 10-12 courses. This document organizes a district inventory of provincially and locally vetted resources, thematic units from the FNESC teachings guides and hyperlinked resources like podcasts into suggested grade levels. This is not a prescriptive document and likely will evolve within each school community. (edited May 2022)
Graphic Novel Literature Kits – Getting Story Ready
- This document outlines what is in the District created Graphic Novel Literature Kits as well as ready to use teacher resources and classroom resources. These kits can be found in every Langley high-school. (edited January 2023)
Indigenous Perspectives through Graphic Novel Supplementary Resources here
- This document includes curated supplementary texts (teacher resources, poems, short stories, etc.) that connect to the Graphic Novel Literature Kits. Organized by theme, these resources could be used in classrooms to engage students on a class wide on a theme, while having them read individually the graphic novel of their choice. (edited January 2023)
Secondary Picture Book Kits – Worldviews, Colonization, Poetry
- Picture books allow complex concepts to be explored through an accessible and familiar medium. Three sets have been curated to support English First Peoples 10, 11 and 12, BC First Peoples 12 and Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12. Each set can be booked through the District Learning Commons (DLC). Click here for more information. (edited Sept 2023)
Book List Appendix here
- Attached is a list for teacher use, when seeking authentic Indigenous resources for the classroom .This list, alongside the Aboriginal Department’s curated SORA resources, should be a reference tool for staff. Each resource should be evaluated for classroom use depending on scale of usage(reference, class wide novel etc.) and classroom grade level. This is not a prescriptive document. (edited May 2022)
Distance Learning Course Development here
- Langley School District Instructional Services, alongside the Burnaby School District and the Coast Metro Consortium have been working on developing a unique online course. For more information, please read the attached course description and outline. For more information contact Director Of Instruction George Kozlovic (email@example.com) (edited January 2023)
Barren Grounds Teacher Resource Guide here
- This SD35 teacher created resource guide is a resource that supports the reading and exploration of The Barren Grounds by David Robertson through strategies and activities rooted in Indigenous pedagogies. This guide captures an ongoing understanding and attempt to learn alongside learners to teach and incorporate Indigenous worldviews and perspectives. Though this guide is specific to The Barren Grounds, it uses many Indigenous teaching strategies that can be utilized across subject areas, in many classrooms. (edited June 2021)
High School Teacher Indigenous Education Professional Learning Community
- The Langley School District has an ongoing Professional Learning Community (PLC) that meets outside of class time for high school teachers who are a part of or are hoping to be a part of the Indigenous Graduation Requirement courses (EFP 10-12, BCFP12, CIS12). This group is a teacher specific space that strives to collaborate, support and tackle field specific need when teaching and learning alongside students. For more information on this community, please contact Lesley Gunning (firstname.lastname@example.org). (edited May 2022)
SORA- Instructions for login here
- This robust online library gives access to e-books and audiobooks for all Langley School District staff and students. Through a partnership with the District Aboriginal Program, this online library includes a vast array of authentic Indigenous authors and resources. Whether you are looking for professional development resources, picture books to introduce a complex topic in an interesting manner, class sets of Plays or audiobooks to play aloud in class – this app is a valuable tool for any classroom teacher and learner. (edited June 2022)
- Where to get started? Here are a few suggested Indigenous Pedagogy Resources for all High School Teachers to access on Sora today:
Regional Curriculum & Resources:
Stó:lō Reconciliation here
- This website provides a framework of reconciliation and provides examples of student engagement with this framework. The display of student work and thinking can support all high school classrooms. (edited June 2022)
Stó:lō Stories here
- This rich and layered website teaches and shares knowledge with all who visit. Through learning about the difference between Origin Stories and News Stories, being invited to watch and listen to story, and hearing from community members – these local Indigenous voices root us in land and place and can be brought into all school classrooms. (edited June 2022)
Sharing, Revitalizing, and Reconnecting the Stó:lō Sitel Curriculum: here
- This website includes stories and lesson ideas on the use of story in all classes. The working group involved in this project shares their thinking and ideas as a model for all educators. (edited June 2022)
Indigenous Storywork: Educating Heart, Mind, Body & Sprit here
- Stó:lō educator Dr. Jo-ann Archibald’s website includes videos, resources and connections to her text Storywork. This invaluable website includes topics like: how to get story ready, how Indigenous pedagogies broaden our understanding of story and ultimately how to teach and use story in our classrooms. (edited June 2022)
Provincial Curriculum Supports & Resources:
FNESC Teaching Guides & Resources
- The following listed resources are meant to support all Langley staff and students when building and relating to Indigenous historical and cultural context. Use the following links to support content understanding and resource selection:
- The following listed resources below are subject specific resources for Langley Staff to support Indigenous curriculum across all subject areas.
- FNESC First Peoples Principles of Learning here
- Math First Peoples here
- Science First Peoples here
- Career Journeys First Nations Career Role Model Program here
- English First Peoples 10 – 12 Teacher Resource Guide here
- BC First Nation Land & Governance Teacher Guide here
- BC First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide here
- Indian Residential School Teacher Guides: Grade 10 here, Grade 11/12 here
- BCTF Teaching Guides and Resources:
- The following listed resources and much more are accessible through the BCTF website:
National and International Curriculum & Resources:
National Inquiry Into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls: Teacher Guide here
- This thoughtfully created Teacher Resource Guide: Their Voices Will Guide Us spans a K-12 lens, with curated resources and curriculum to support Staff and Student learning. (edited June 2022)
Reference and Core Documents for All Staff:
Langley School District Enhancement Agreement here
Truth & Reconciliation
- Calls to Action here
- Calls to Action in Child Friendly language: Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada here
- UNDRIP here
- UNDRIP for Indigenous adolescents here
Health & Wellbeing
Health and Well-being for students is explicitly taught in the PHE curriculum and embedded in all other subject areas through the personal and social core competencies.
The BC Physical and Health Education curriculum contributes to students’ development as educated citizens through the achievement of the following goals.
Students are expected to:
- Develop an understanding of the many aspects of well-being, including physical, mental, and social
- Develop the movement knowledge, skills, and understandings needed for lifelong participation in a range of physical activities
- Develop knowledge, skills, and strategies for building respectful relationships, positive self-identity, self-determination, and mental well-being
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to make informed decisions that support personal and community health and safety
Classroom teachers in Langley have access the PHE One Note Binder which has a curriculum overview, resources, lesson plans and suggested speakers and special guests for the PHE curriculum. You can access the binder at the link below:
To learn more about Career Education in the Langley School District, please visit our District Career Education website at the link below:
NumeracyWhat does it mean to be numerate in today’s world? Where do you use numeracy in your personal, professional, civic life?Numeracy is about making sense of numbers and understanding the effect numbers have in the world around us. Numeracy demands understanding the way in which data is gathered by analyzing and evaluating, as presented in graphs, infographics, diagrams, charts, and tables.Where is numeracy in your discipline?
Numeracy is everywhere!
In many courses, students don’t recognize that they are engaging in numeracy activities. The following pictures depict numeracy in action.
What is literacy?
The BC Ministry of Education defines literacy as the “the ability to understand, critically analyze, and create a variety of forms of communication, including oral, written, visual, digital, and multimedia, in order to accomplish one’s goals.”
The ability to understand, critically analyze and create applies to all disciplines, environments and modalities. The BC Ministry of Education has embedded literacy and numeracy throughout the curriculum within the curricular competencies across disciplines and has created the revised Literacy Performance Standards to support all educators in developing literacy within their learning areas.
The revised Literacy Performance Standards are organized into 4 aspects (categories) that are designed to apply across all learning areas and modalities:
- Comprehends Text: Interprets text, makes connections, and analyses text
- Applies Understanding: Curates texts and extracts and synthesizes ideas and information
- Develops Ideas: Generates, evaluates, and refines ideas
- Communicates: Expresses and presents ideas and information, justifies and defend decisions and ideas.
The foundational literacy skills of reading and writing to understand, critically analyze and create also applies across all learning areas. Recommended resources include:
Layers of Reading
A free chart by two Canadian educators synthesizing the research of reading acquisition along with a 20 min video breaking it down.
LitScan: Literacy Health Indicators for Secondary School Communities
A support for cross role and disciplinary secondary literacy teams interested into digging into foundational literacy within their school community.
The 2009 Reading and Writing Performance Standards
Specific criteria, rubrics and exemplars of reading and writing skills from K to Grade 10.
Literacy 10 and Literacy 12 Assessment documents
Looking for a concrete example of what the Ministry views as “literate” for students? Check out examples of the grade 10 and 12 assessments and their supporting rubrics to better understand how students are expected to understand, critically analyze and create.
Professional Learning Materials
What Works Clearinghouse Guide: Providing Reading Interventions for Students in Grades 4–9. Consolidated research broken down into an accessible guide for teachers with interventions ranked by impact. (click here)
What Works Clearinghouse Guide: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. Consolidated research broken down into an accessible guide for teachers with practice and interventions ranked by impact. (click here)
CORE Learning free webinars on a wide range of literacy subjects. (click here)
Keys to Literacy resources & professional learning sessions (click here)
Disciplinary Literacy for Secondary website (Delta School District). A learning journey for educator teams looking to learn more about disciplinary literacy. Useful articles and resources embedded throughout. (click here)
Questions about ADST?
ADST/Digital Literacy K-12
Resources to support ADST and its components can be found at: https://k12adst.weebly.com
Approved BAA Courses
Scroll down to see BAA courses that have been revised and approved by the Langley School Board for use in Langley Schools. If you require a BAA course in Word Format (to customize), please email George Kozlovic at email@example.com
Process for New Board/Authority Authorized Course Proposals:
Seek approval from your school Principal
Principal will contact Director of Instruction for approval to proceed with proposal
Visit the Ministry of Education website to review all of the policies and procedures around Board Authority and First Nations Authorized courses
Read the Ministry BAA Requirements and Procedures Guidebook Ministry BAA Courses Guidebook.pdf
Complete a BAA Course document – BAA Form 219-1
Principal to review BAA Course document
BAA Course document sent to Director of Instruction for review
BAA Course document to Board for approval – see below from District Admin Procedures – AP 219
- All Board/Authority authorized courses must be authorized by the Board.
- Proposals for courses, not intended for graduation credit, shall be submitted on the District’s Proposal: Locally Developed/Non-Ministry Course form (Form 219-1). Those courses at the grade 10 – 12 level intended to be used for graduation credit shall be submitted on the Board/Authority Authorized Courses Course Description
- Course program submissions will describe:
- The procedures utilized in creating the submission, including teacher involvement.
- The educational rationale for such a course, including the need for a Board/Authority authorized (BA/A) designation.
- The course content; the procedures for selection of learning resources, which must comply with this administrative procedure; the anticipated methodology to be utilized; the student evaluation criteria; and the link, if any, to other school or District programs.
- The anticipated budget equipment and facility requirements, including a listing of proposed course fees and the anticipated amount and type of travel, and
- The impact of the course or program on existing courses or programs; on the school’s operating, learning resources and equipment budgets, and on the school’s facilities.
Core French Curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/languages/6/core-french
ShareEd BC: There are many complete units, resources, and lessons on the site. Search by subject and grade level. https://www.shareedbc.ca
Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT): There are many articles, useful tools, and resources for language teachers. https://www.caslt.org/en/
British Columbia Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML): There are many resources for language teachers, including Pro-D opportunities. https://www.bcatml.org
BCTF Teach BC: There are many complete units, resources, and lessons on the site. Search by subject and grade level. https://www.bctf.ca/classroom-resources
First Peoples’ Principles of Learning in French poster https://www.bcatml.org/news/first-peoples-principles-of-learning-en-francais
SFU BAFF: SFU provides Core French workshops to teachers with varying levels of French presented throughout the year as well as an excellent summer program. https://www.sfu.ca/baff-offa/fr/programmes/personnel-enseignant/developpement_professionnel.html
Music (Please remember to preview songs and videos)
Manie Musicale: A wonderful tool to expose students to Francophone music from around the world. This competition takes place in February and March, with students around the world crowning the winner. https://www.maniemusicale.info
Musique Mercredi: A collaborative Facebook group to share and request songs around different themes.
Contact Alex Spence to join the Core French Teams page for current information on fieldtrips, workshops, and resources.