B.C. School District 59 and its Community: Teaching Skills Deliberately - Building Ownership for Skills-based Learning Outcomes (2000)

British Columbia’s School District 59, based in Dawson Creek, has developed a process that helps teachers and students agree on what different skills look like in different contexts, including the classroom or a co-op program.

In the Employability Skills Carousel activity, the teacher selects between eight and 10 employability skills for students to focus on in a given term.

The teacher then makes a large chart for each skill. At the top of the chart is the name of a skill, followed by a brief definition, and a question to prompt discussion of that skill. For example, the question might ask students how they would demonstrate responsibility in their media arts class. Students are expected to record their answers on charts at different stations around the room.

The activity can be adapted to any group of learners at any skill level.

Teachers report that the activity makes what they teach more relevant and engaging for students; develops more objective criteria for assessing students’ skills and directing their progress; and helps them help students achieve their skills goals while they learn curriculum content.

The activity has helped students understand what their responsibilities are in different settings; understand what will be expected in the workplace; and identify skills they need to develop to succeed in their work placements and beyond.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. B.C. School District 59 and its Community: Teaching Skills Deliberately - Building Ownership for Skills-based Learning Outcomes 2000. Web. 29 Nov. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/bc_school_district_59/bc_school_district_59.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (2000). B.C. School District 59 and its Community: Teaching Skills Deliberately - Building Ownership for Skills-based Learning Outcomes. Retrieved November 29, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/bc_school_district_59/bc_school_district_59.pdf
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