This year your kid could become an authority on whales, coral or money.
As the B.C. school curriculum shifts away from a long list of topics and facts that children must learn by rote, educators will be able to try a new education program called Learning in Depth (LiD).
Jocelyn McIntosh has been using LiD with Grade 4-5 students at Glenwood elementary for the past two school years. “They get a topic, and they become an expert for the year,” she explained. The learning process is like a mini PhD thesis, and their expertise makes the students believe in themselves as a student. They have an “emotional connectedness” to the material, she said. Learning becomes easier. The psychology is similar for children and adults, said McIntosh “Learning one thing in depth helps us feel confident,” she said. “The more you know about a topic, the more you feel confident and engaged.”
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By Neil Corbett – Maple Ridge News
posted Sep 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM