Teachers and parents gathered Saturday, March 2, at The Arts Building in Gibsons for a panel discussion on personalized learning for primary grade children
Pamela Proctor introduced her new book, Honouring the Child II: A Guide to Ways of Learning for Teachers and Parents, and described her experience with the development of child centred personalized learning in Vancouver public schools.
She reported the current move toward personalized learning in the January 2013 Ministry of Education report, Exploring Curriculum Design, which is now inviting dialogue and discussion about student learning in B.C.
Maurice Gibbons, professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University, spoke about his experience to develop self-directed learning programs and the importance of written experiences by pioneering teachers such as Proctor to benefit current and future generations of teachers and parents.
Helen Hughes talked about her work to found and sustain Windsor House School with child-centred programs and its importance to instilling a commitment to life-long learning. She said that Proctor’s new book provides a concise element-by-element guide to aid the organization and methodology to personalize learning for young children.
Responding to the panelists were Gary Pennington and Gillian Kydd, who emphasized the positive outcomes of activity, creativity and self direction in their projects with children of all ages. Also responding was parent Wendy Rottluff who reported her experience organizing home schooling for her children.
TMI Publications of Gibsons sponsored the event.