Saturday, 28 January 2017

Positive Personal and Cultural Identity


The first competency under the heading "Personal and Social" is title "Positive Personal and Cultural Identity".  As the heading suggests, this competency is highly personal.  Each student has a unique identity which includes many elements.  The goal of this competency is to value the elements that make each child unique and celebrate them.  This competency is made up of three parts:
1. Relationships and Cultural Contexts
2. Personal Values and Choices
3. Personal Strengths and Abilities
This competency has a five-point scale which is described using "I" statements found here.  Statements are as simple as "I can describe my family and community" to "I can reflect on my strength and identify my potential as a leader in the community".
In addition, the ministry is building a repository of examples that illustrate the levels of the Positive Personal and Cultural Identity competency.  These illustrations are found on this page and can be viewed by clicking on the green lettering.  Some are pictures and some are videos but serve as practical examples that demonstrate each level of the competency. 
Once you have explored this competency, why not take some time with your child to make an assessment of where they might fall on the 5-point scale?  Most of you will find these embedded in your PLP.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Yukon Students Making an Impact


Liam Gishler


Two of our Yukon YouLearn students have been making an impact in a couple of significant ways.  
Liam Gishler is a young entrepreneur who has been making and selling a variety of wood products including candle holders, pencil holders and cheese platters.  His work has been featured in a CBC article found here and he was even interviewed on the radio.  Please read the article for more information about Liam's journey.
Liam was inspired by his friend Huxley who did something similar a few years ago and also had a CBC article.  He was dubbed the "wood block king".  In addition, Huxley was reading in a Social Studies book recently and noticed that agriculture in Yukon had been misrepresented on a map.  He wrote a letter to the publisher and received a response letter in which the company states "it certainly seems we presented the wrong information".
Well done, boys.  You are an inspiration!



Sunday, 15 January 2017

Critical Thinking



The third competency falls under the "thinking" category along with creative thinking.  It is called Critical Thinking.  This competency is made up of three components:
1.  Analyze and Critique
2.  Question and Investigate
3.  Develop and Design
This competency has a six-point scale which is described using "I" statements found here.  Statements are as simple as "I can show if I like something or not" to "I can make choices that will help me create my intended impact on an audience or situation".
In addition, the ministry is building a repository of examples that illustrate the levels of the critical thinking competency.  These illustrations are found on this page and can be viewed by clicking on the blue lettering.  Some are pictures and some are videos but serve as practical examples that demonstrate each level of the competency. 
Once you have explored this competency, why not take some time with your child to make an assessment of where they might fall on the 6-point scale?  Most of you will find these embedded in your PLP.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Yukon YouLearn Year-End Celebration

Sleigh Ride at Dusk

On December 30th, the Yukon YouLearn families gathered for a year-end party.  Thanks to Kim Pearson for organizing this event.  This is her report:
"It was a winter wonderland! A beautiful day for a sleigh ride! Families came from near and far to enjoy some time together in the busy holiday season. The kids did some sledding down the snow hill, roasting hot dogs over the open fire, lots of playing and, of course, the highlight of the day was the horse-drawn sleigh ride through the fields and into the trails. We warmed up in the lodge and enjoyed the cookies and hot chocolate to end the day."

Here are a few more pictures of the event.








Monday, 2 January 2017

Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking
The second core competency of the Revised BC Curriculum is Creative Thinking.  This competency has three main components:
1. Novelty and Value
2. Generating Ideas
3. Developing Ideas
This competency has a 5-point scale which is described using "I" statements using the document found here.  The "I" statements are as simple as "I get ideas when I play" all the way to "I can persevere over years to develop my ideas".
In addition, the ministry is building a repository of examples that illustrate the levels of the creative thinking competency.  These illustrations are found on this page and can be viewed by clicking on the blue lettering.  Some are pictures and some are videos but serve as practical examples that demonstrate each level of the competency.
Once you have explored this competency, why not take some time with your child to make an assessment of where they might fall on the 5-point scale?  Most of you will find these embedded in your PLP.