Understanding the Curriculum

Core Competencies

What are the Core Competencies?

These six core competencies are at the centre of the curriculum redesign. A student self-assessment of these competencies is part of engaging in learning.

DIRECTIONS: All learners will choose 1-3 of the I can … competency statements below to focus on throughout the school year.


  • I can share ideas, information, and experiences.
  • I can take on responsibilities in a group.
  • I can represent my learning.

Critical Thinking

  • I can ask questions.
  • I can reflect on my thinking and actions.
  • I can experiment with different ways of doing things.

Creative Thinking

  • I can generate new ideas.
  • I can create new things.
  • I can seek out challenges and solve problems.

Positive Personal & Cultural Identity

  • I can describe my family and community.
  • I can understand how my values shape my choices.
  • I can identify my strengths and skills.

Personal Awareness and Responsibility

  • I can imagine changes in myself and in the world.
  • I can use strategies that help me manage my feelings and emotions.
  • I can sustain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Social Responsibility

  • I can identify how my actions affect others.
  • I can identify problems and compare problem-solving strategies.
  • I can support others when they need it.

NOTE: In creating their Student Learning Plan, each student will answer the following questions:

  • How are you already using this I can … competency in your life?
  • I notice that I am already…
  • How would you like to grow or improve this competency this year?
  • I’d like to get better at…

Here is the Core Competencies Self Assessment form.

In the spring, learners will revisit the Competencies Self-Assessment completed in the fall to identify their growth over the year.