Experts in Another Topic!

Junior High, Nova Scotia, Acadians, Finland

Grade Seven students enjoying a moment with their job well done!  These girls are feeling great after completing their presentation on Nova Scotia and the Acadians.  And after such an intensive study and research period, they have earned it!  Our Junior High program is made up of several 6 – 8 week sessions over the year.  Each session focuses on a different inter-curricular theme, and encompasses studies from all subject areas.  On top of related lessons, weekly work and field trips, students are responsible for identifying an area of interest within a topic and completing a major research project with a written, oral and creative component to it.  With all of this rigorous behind them, our students are understandably proud of their accomplishments!

There are numerous arguments in favour of “teaching by topic” instead of “teaching by subject” in order to really prepare students for life.  So many in fact, that the entire country of Finland – one of the world’s most successful education systems, is making the switch.   Check out the article below for more information.

Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system

Gord Phippen

About Gord Phippen

Gord and his wife Lynda are the Owners and Directors of Dearcroft/West Wind Montessori School. Gord holds a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University in Halifax and an A.M.S Elementary Teaching Degree from CMTE, NY. From 1992-95 he served as Chairman of CCMA (Canadian Council Of Montessori Administrators) and he is a CCMA trained Montessori Consultant.