BAY VIEN GLEN

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - CHRISTO­PHER FED­ERICO DI­REC­TOR OF TEACH­ING AND LEARN­ING

As the Di­rec­tor of Teach­ing and Learn­ing for prep and up­per school at Bayview Glen, Christo­pher Fed­erico’s work with teach­ers and stu­dents re­ally fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing global com­pe­tence through an ap­proach called ‘prob­lem-based learn­ing.’

“The job of teach­ing used to be very much about pass­ing on in­for­ma­tion to stu­dents, but in 2017, in­for­ma­tion is not hard to come by. What I do is to help teach­ers and stu­dents think crit­i­cally and cre­atively about how to make use of that abun­dant in­for­ma­tion to bring about pos­i­tive change,” he ex­plains.

Do­ing so means his days are never typ­i­cal. He could be meet­ing with a group of Grade 7 teach­ers one day to dis­cuss plans for a visit from an In­dige­nous mu­si­cian and the next day be sit­ting down with the science and tech­nol­ogy depart­ment to go over a de­sign for a new ro­bot­ics project.

The ex­pe­ri­ences that he finds truly sig­nif­i­cant are when stu­dents en­gage in real-world prob­lem solv­ing. Fed­erico has even de­vel­oped a pro­gram for high school stu­dents to ex­plore so­lu­tions to cur­rent global prob­lems. This pro­gram has grown to be­come a com­plete high school cur­ricu­lum, and he trav­els right across Canada to help train teach­ers in

how to de­liver it to their class­rooms.

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