This presentation provides a blueprint for how Social Studies teachers might implement the new Social Studies 11 curriculum in their school. In response to the challenge of how to implement the new curriculum, the Social Studies Department at Frances Kelsey Secondary took advantage of the opportunity to restructure the course to focus on the local area. The new course is built on curricular completancies from History 12, Geography 12, Social Justice 12 and Law 12 and all activities focus on the Cowichan Valley. In the new course one half of the time is dedicated to teacher directed learning, and the other half is dedicated to a student-directed, inquiry project with a focus on the research process. The course was designed to accomodate an option to engage in our Outdoor Education - Trails and Streams Program. In the OE option, students can forego the project and instead spend nine weeks working outdoors learning trail building, search and rescue, and orienteering skills. While the content of this course is unique to the Cowichan Valley, it does provide a useful framework that can be implemented in any community.
Secondary Social Studies
Jeremy Hart has been teaching in the Cowichan Valley for twenty years, and has been teaching Social Studies at Frances Kelsey Secondary since 2003. As Social Studies Department Head, Jeremy has worked at integrating self-directed, inquiry and cross-curricular projects. More recently the department has been inplementing the new Social Studies curriculum in Social Studies and Outdoor Education linking Social Studies concepts with the Cowichan Valley.
Darren has been teaching in the Cowichan Valley for Nineteen years. Prior to transferring to Frances Kelsey Secondary in 2017, he taught Socials Studies at Cowichan Secondary School for 16 years. During this time he worked to redefine the meaning of the word classroom, through getting students into their local community and surrounding wilderness areas. Darren completed his Masters degree in 2015 from UVIC in the department of Psychology and Leadership Studies.