Many Faces instructor Daniel Dillon spoke to the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce yesterday. He explained they are developing a new program following a model that works in Winnipeg called Big Picture Learning to engage students by getting away from traditional learning and part of that involves local businesses. He said what they are looking for is a partnership with the Chamber so that the students will develop the skills that they need to be productive citizens and what the kids are working on now is project based learning so they’re finding something they’re interested in and what the Chamber would offer is a partnership with organizations that would share the skills or the knowledge that would couple with the student and what they’re learning in school. For example he noted if a student is passionate about song writing and learning an instrument they could partner with an organization or a member in the community for that mentorship so they would be able to develop those skills and get credit for it in the curriculum.
Dillon adds Flin Flon will be the first in northern Canada to introduce Big Picture Learning and the local Chamber will be the first to assist students through the program.