How can educators foster deeper thinking and self-reporting using the BC Core Competencies for students in a blended learning environment
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The Ministry of Education recently introduced Core Competencies into the British Columbia K-12 curriculum which explore the social and emotional aspects of learners. The goal is to create students to be future-ready by having them take more ownership of their learning with self-reflecting on their skills and abilities. Teachers now need to implement strategies to incorporate the Core Competencies along with learning standards that are a part of curricular competencies. This paper addresses these requirements by exploring the Critical Challenge Question (CCQ) “How can educators foster deeper thinking and self-reporting using the BC Core Competencies for students in a blended learning environment.” A major project was developed to support teachers at Abbotsford Virtual School (AVS) to incorporate these Core Competencies within their current practices. A Professional Teacher Learning Space was created to support teachers in the implementation of the Core Competencies. This online resource shares information on what the Core Competencies are and how they can be connected to the learning standards of each course using terms and prompt phrases for both the student and the teacher. The learning space also provides information on how students can reflect and self-report on these competencies which is required by the Ministry. The method of student self-reporting is explained in detail with regards as to how students provide their evidence and how teachers can support them with feedback and encouragement. Suggestions from the AVS staff regarding the Professional Teacher Learning Space is included and a survey validated that this learning space is valuable in assisting the teachers in implementing the Core Competencies.