Exploring and Enhancing Pedagogy Competencies

View from Mount Tzouhalem, Cowichan Valley, BC

Teachers draw on many sources of knowledge to create positive learning environments for their students – disciplinary knowledge, community context, and historical wisdom – to allow students to develop a sense of place and purpose. Appropriate strategies and practices develop from listening respectfully to others and to our selves to develop just, equitable and responsive educational opportunities that enable students to creatively and critically engage with their learning.


  1. demonstrate a deep understanding of overarching disciplinary concepts (more)
  2. engage critically and creatively with ideas to be a change agent in society, especially with regards to equity and justice (more)
  3. implement pedagogically context-appropriate sound practices linking assessment for/as/of learning, planning for learning, instructional strategies and approaches to engage all students in relevant and personalized learning (more)
  4. develop the understanding of how learners learn in order to cultivate effective learning environments (more)

First Peoples Principles connected to Exploring and Enhancing Pedagogy

  • Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
  • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).