BAY VIEN GLEN
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.