"A guidance-oriented approach is a concerted approach by a school team and its partners, in which objectives are set and services (individual and collective), tools and pedagogical activities implemented to guide students in their identity development and career planning. These activities and services are integrated into the school’s success plan and its educational project; they are not simply a series of isolated actions in which the school team is not closely involved" (Making Dreams Come True: Achieving Success Through the Guidance-Oriented Approach, MEQ, 2002, p.18, emphasis added).
The GOAL Post
The GOAL Post* newsletter/blog highlights exciting GOAL-related activities in schools and in the community.
*The GOAL Post is published by the GOAL Network, in collaboration with MEES’ Direction des services à la communauté anglophone, and is funded by MEES, through contributions from the Canada-Québec Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction. Go to site
Elementary Teaching and Learning Tools
GOAL Shared Content
In this section, GOAL "unofficial" lesson plans developed by our educational community will be posted.
Developing your own GOAL curriculum is an achievable undertaking. It can be accomplished:
• by working together with those in your educational and larger community
• by integrating materials and resources from the other sections found on this Web site into your existing classroom curriculum
• by a willingness to share your expertise with others
• by building on what is already successful in your classroom and at your school
Your GOAL coordinator at your school board is willing to assist you.
As an educational community, we have so much to share and learn from each other. Please send your lesson plans or other useful Web sites to us by contacting us.
Content Sharing Template Download
GOAL in Elementary Schools: Some Simple Strategies
This two-page document was created by Ingrid Hove-Gust, SWLSB. Download
An invitation for a webinar to share some of the specifics of implementation was sent on August 18 from the "Orientation Scolaire" address, along with an accompanying letter from M. Yvan Doyle (Director General of Services de soutien aux élèves). The webinar took place on Wednesday, August 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information please contact Marsha.Gouett@education.gouv.qc.ca.
2017 – 2018 GOAL Network
Meeting dates for 2017 - 2018 to be confirmed.
Winter 2018: LCEEQ (accepting proposals as of June 11, 2017)
The theme of the 2018 LCEEQ Annual Conference is The Thinking Classroom. February 2018 dates to be confirmed. Go to site
Winter 2017: LCEEQ
The 2017 LCEEQ Annual Conference: When Diversity & Technology in the Classroom Converge was held on February 13 – 14, 2017 at the Sheraton Laval.
Elementary Curated Resources
- Career Cruising ccSpark: ccSpark! uses a fun, educational role-playing game to help younger students learn about careers, life-planning, and social skills. Designed to meet the curriculum needs of young students, ccSpark! is an active, imaginative world that children can hardly wait to explore. They develop a sense of community and learn how everyone has a special role to play. Full of appealing characters, small surprises and fascinating places, ccSpark! brings elements of the real world right into the classroom to enhance the learning experience. *For purchase. Go to site
- The Real Game (Grades 5-6): Connecting with local and global communities is the central theme of The Make It Real Game for grades 5 and 6. This highly-interactive program requires students to assume adult roles, create simulated towns and businesses, and engage in international business ventures. Essential skills are developed and fostered, such as teamwork, decision-making, and the ability to make connections between school and future life/work roles. Go to site
- Weather Whys: This LES demonstrates effective ways to engage students in project/inquiry-based learning. This LES is a six-week unit of work that gives Cycle 3 students an opportunity to learn about weather in a realistic context. The weather content is based on the Essential Knowledge’s for Cycle 3 from the science and math curriculum in the QEP.
Knowledge of the World of School
- Elementary to Secondary School Transition: Ontario Ministry of Education: This site resources include: Fresh Starts and False Starts: Young People in Transition from Elementary to Secondary School (PDF, 4.33 MB); and Transition and Pathway from Elementary to Secondary School: A Review of Selected Literature (PDF, 492 KB). Go to site
- Math by Design: These short "Math in Action" videoclips (4-5 min each) show diverse professionals using math in their everyday work:
- Cake Artistry: See how basic cake batter turns into an artistic masterpiece. Frederick County cake designer Amanda Shafer uses measurement, transformation and proportional reasoning to create a decadent four-tiered treat. Go to site
- Sculpture: Meet modern art sculptor Mary Ann Mears and see how she uses everyday math to design and construct models, calculate amounts and costs of materials and place her contemporary creations in cities and gardens. Go to site
- Urban Planning: See how the environment we live in affects how we live, learn and play! Urban planner Dr. Alex Chen explains how he uses math and digital technology to determine the location and amenities within neighborhoods and cities. Go to site
Knowledge of the World of Work
- Let's Talk Science Challenge (Montreal/McGill 2017): The Let’s Talk Science Challenge is a team-based, competitive enrichment event for Grades 6-8 students that takes places each Spring. Go to site
- CurioCity by Lets Talk Science: This site has dozens of pages of career profiles, which can be filtered by Category (Biology, Chemistry etc.). Go to site
- Engineer in Residence (Professional Engineers Ontario): Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) is an innovative, volunteer-based program dedicated to inspiring young people in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Volunteer engineers come to classrooms from kindergarten to grade twelve. Teachers may browse this program for ideas that they might implement in their region. Go to site
- Science.gc.ca: Government of Canada, Educational Resources include Ask a Scientist and Activity Book. Search by Type of Resource (Activities, General Resources, Lesson Plans) or by Educational Level (Elementary School, High School) and find Information for Teachers. The updated version of the Activity Book includes 23 experiments and activities from many different departments and agencies within the Government of Canada. This new version accommodates different age groups and skill levels. Go to site
- Scientists in School (SIS): SIS is dedicated to helping Kindergarten to Grade 8 students become 'scientists in their school', catalyzing long-lasting interest in science, technology, math, environmental stewardship and engineering and potentially encouraging future careers in science-related fields. Visit the Kidz Lab and For Teachers. Go to site
- Canadian Space Agency - Educational Resources: Bring space to your classroom, and encourage your students' interest in science, math and technology. Includes elementary and secondary level resources. Go to site
- NASA For Educators: Visit the NASA Space Link, an aeronautic and space resource library, to find exciting on-line activities, curriculum support materials, career information resources and more. Your class can even be part of NASA activities by joining a virtual NASA team here on earth -- Earth Crew. Go to site
- The Adventures of Rafale - Environment and Sustainable Development (French): Government of Québec, Ministre du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. Visit Le coin des éducateurs. Pedagogical activities, games and questionnaires are offered free. Go to site
- Hope Builders - DVD: The documentary Hope Builders by filmmaker Fernand Dansereau is available at the National Film Board. This feature documentary zooms in on a Grade 6 class in Quebec where a teacher is implementing an experimental teaching method aimed at preparing children to take up environmental challenges. Over the course of a year, Dominique Leduc’s students will learn to identify, analyze and resolve a problem that exists in their world. This documentary can be used in a GOAL based activity or project on team-building, addressing environmental issues and making connections to the real world. Go to site
- Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF): Click on "Students" then "Opportunities for Students to Take Action" for a potential GOAL activity. Go to site
- Virtual Museum of Canada: A wealth of information developed by the museum community and Department of Canadian Heritage. Go to the Teachers' Centre for "Learning Resources" (browse by grade) and "Lesson Plans. Go to site
- Statistics Canada: Teachers' Guide to Data Discovery: Supports both elementary and secondary teachers in helping students develop basic statistical skills. It provides teachers with specific instructions on: finding interesting and grade-appropriate Canadian datasets; choosing appropriate graphs for different kinds of data; calculating basic statistical measures, with or without statistical software. Research skills will help students explore and gather information on Self-knowledge, School, and Work. Go to site
- Career Cruising: Profiles of different careers, multimedia interviews with people in careers, and career search tools based on interests. Requires a paid site license to access and is used by schools, libraries and other agencies. Find out if this resource is available through your school or visit the site for more information. Check out Career Cruising K-12. Go to site
- The Real Game: The Real Game (TRG) Series is a set of four world-class programs designed to bring real life to the classroom. All programs use teaching strategies and engaging, interactive, role-playing exercises to make career exploration relevant and fun. The development, piloting and implementation of The Real Game Series has involved thousands of students, teachers, parents, administrators and researchers in every Canadian province and territory. Go to site
- Vocational Information Centre (VIC): VIC contains a list of links to Career Activities and Vocational Lessons Plans. Give yourself time when searching through this web site. Some of the links are to lesson plans developed by teachers while others are available through publishers. Also, you must access the link before you determine whether it is suitable for an elementary, secondary or adult sector. It is worth the effort. See especially " for Younger Students." Go to site
GOAL and Entrepreneurship
- Défi Osentreprendre (formerly the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest): Eligible participants: Student participants must be Québec residents and be enrolled in a public or private educational institution recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducationet de l'Enseignementsupérieur. All project participants must be students. A student may participate in more than one entrepreneurial project entered in the same edition of the Challenge. A school staff member or a member of the community must be named as project coordinator. The completed electronic registration must be officially submitted to the OSEntreprendreChallenge in March 14, 2018. Go to site
- Introduction to Entrepreneurial Culture: Project Development Guide for Teachers: The project development guide provides a range of tools to assist teachers in their task and to understand the objectives for projects submitted under the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest, and the Introduction to Entrepreneurship Measure. This is a complement to the administrative guide. Go to site
- Action Research for Community Problem Solving: Program/Education/Environmental/Citizenship (PEEC): Developed by Claude Poudrie, the AR:CPS approach advocates a citizenship education learning strategy, which leads students to take concrete actions in their communities, given that the strategy is geared toward having them solve a real problem by developing and then implementing an action plan. Go to site
- Green Apple School Program (Metro and Super C Grocery Stores): The goal of the updated Green Apple School Program is to encourage Québec students to adopt healthy eating habits by participating in a project that will have a positive impact on their home, school or community. Metro will invest $1 million by awarding $1,000 grants to elementary and high schools in Quebéc. Application deadline is usually March 31. Go to site
- BDC Entrepreneurial Potential Self-Assessment Quiz: BDC (Business Development Canada) is dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. The "Entrepreneur's Toolkit" includes the online entrepreneurial potential self-assessment quiz, which consists of 50 questions and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Business templates and other resources are all free. Go to site
- Ashoka Canada Changemaker Schools: Ashoka has evolved from promoting and supporting social entrepreneurship to developing Changemakers - "fellows" who are capable of taking creative action to solve a social problem. Ashoka Canada launched a Changemaker School program in 2016 and intends to build awareness of the importance of empathy, collaborative problem-solving, creativity and leadership skills in K-12 education. Go to site
- GoVenture (Commercial + Free materials): GoVenture is one of the original and most widely used series of educational games and simulations in the world. Over a decade in the making, GoVenture represents the future of learning: experiential, social, and gamified. Lemonade Stand: Go to site
- Dragon's Den Blog: This popular CBC series features aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas to celebrity investors. The Dragon's Den Blog includes valuable articles on what makes a successful entrepreneur. The episodes, the pitches, and other relevant links can be accessed through the blog. Students can gain ideas for pitching their projects, practice pitching, and develop confidence. Go to site
- Bizworld (Friendship Bracelets) (Commercial, USA): Bizworld teaches children the basics of entrepreneurship, business, and finance in a hands-on manner. This project-based learning program gives children the opportunity to learn first hand how to start and operate their own business. Working in teams of six, students start, fund, and run their own company in the friendship bracelet industry (grade 3 through grade 8). Go to site
- EntreEd (National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education) K-12 USA: For teachers and others who help students all ages find their own entrepreneurial opportunities. EntreEd champions entrepreneurship education and provides advocacy, leadership, networking, technical assistance, and resources nationally across all levels and disciplines of education, promoting quality practices and programs. EntreEd states that entrepreneurship provides a viable answer to many issues related to opportunities for women and minorities, disaffected youth, rural economic development, global competition, unemployment, invention and innovation, financial literacy, and application of core subjects. Go to site
Elementary MEES Documents
Making Dreams Come True
Making Dreams Come True: Achieving Success Through the Guidance-Oriented Approach (2002) is the foundational Ministry document outlining GOAL's rationale, definition and objectives, and provides examples of classroom projects.
Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) Documents
ACGC is specific learning content for students from Elementary Cycle Three to Secondary Cycle Two. These content items and their accompanying Expected Student Learning Outcomes address three broad themes: self-knowledge, knowledge of the world of school, and knowledge of the world of work.
Implementation of the Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGCs) is compulsory in Elementary Cycle Three for the 2017-2018 academic school year.
NEW ACGC - Table of Academic and Career Guidance Content (August 2017) DownloadNote: this one-page document is the only official, finalized document for ACGC implementation this year.
The following documents were used during the piloting phases of ACGC implementation. They are now considered as reference documents to provide support and inspiration. Their use is optional.
ACGC and Expected Student Learning Outcomes - Download
ACGC Elementary Cycle Three Prototype (October 7, 2014 version) Download
For more information about ACGC, contact your school board's GOAL consultant. For the latest news and updates on ACGC, see also The GOAL Post: under the tab "ACGC Clickable Table" you can access articles that demonstrate ACGCs in action. Go to site