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2557 Beverly Street
Duncan, British Columbia V9L 2X3
The Gifted Catyalyst Program in the Cowichan Valley School District is the program used to meet the needs of students with exceptional abilities. The program also provides opportunities for all students to work in their talent and strength areas. The prog ... more
Cowichan Valley School District 79 » Administration
Joe Rhodes firstname.lastname@example.org Superintendent of Schools
"I'm absolutely thrilled teachers voted to ratify.
We're excited to see all kids return Monday for a part day, then full days from Tuesday onward,"
The teacher's role, says Rhodes, is shifting to more of a facilitator of knowledge acquisition, rather than the traditional deliverer of knowledge.
"Driven by technology changes, kids have the ability to learn what they want, when they want to, with whomever they want, as long as they have access," Rhodes said.
"This creates an enormous push against a system of education that is steeped in time-and-place learning."
And, in turn, this creates a tension for teachers to let students create their own learning experiences while still delivering the expected curriculum.
"Hence the motivation to move to a more personalized learning experience for kids, instead of the industrial model that was pervasive for the past 100 years," Rhodes explained.
"It requires a different skill set for teachers, learning to be comfortable with uncomfortableness.
Instead of having total control of the learning that takes place in the classroom, they need to be much more flexible and adaptable to the learning needs of the students, and how they may demonstrate that learning."
Rhodes said it may be a challenge, but
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