Peter Greer's Learning Story
As a learning community, our school goals have been focusing on three key areas: literacy, numeracy and social emotional development. Teachers have chosen an area of focus and have been collaborating and learning, throughout the year, to move themselves, and one another, forward in their learning. Our school goals for the 2016/2017 school year are:
Social Emotional Learning: To support students as they develop and strengthen their social and emotional abilities.
Literacy: To support students as they learn to improve comprehension by reading fluently and strategically, and to communicate clearly by writing/presenting purposefully to an identified audience.
Numeracy: To support students as they become competent and confident numerate thinkers.
Peter Greer believes in the attributes of a 21st century learner: thinking, learning, innovating, collaborating and contributing, and we do our best to model these attributes on a regular basis.
The social emotional learning journey began in September, when staff participated in some Play is the Way activities. Play is the Way is a program designed to support and develop social emotional learning, so it ties in well to our goal in supporting social emotional learners at our school. Play is the Way also builds resilience and perseverance, providing students with authentic opportunities to practise these skills. Learn more about Play is the Way by clicking on this link http://www.playistheway.ca/
Peter Greer has been working on building consistent language to use and support our students. Using the Zones of Regulation, alongside Play is the Way, has allowed us to work with students on being able to identify their emotions and better understand how to manage them. See our inquiry process for more information on our learning journey in the area of social emotional learning. Classes participate in these learning opportunities in large groups, which include up to four classes at a time. Students also participate in small groups in many classrooms. Literacy has also been an important focus for Peter Greer throughout the year.
Our literacy team has also been collaborating with a goal of increasing student interest and engagement in reading and writing at Peter Greer. These teachers coordinated a survey of both primary and intermediate students to gauge their feelings and experiences around literacy. From these findings, they realized that our greatest need is in a few key areas: increasing student interest in writing, increasing parental involvement in reading, and making reading and writing relevant to students. After a few collaboration sessions, the team determined a plan of action to support our learners. They decided to host ELFF nights, co-create literacy stations, host an in-class “parent read”, and invite the district Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) to meet, share ideas and recommend resources. In collaboration with the ILT, these teachers developed a pilot project in an effort to engage reluctant writers using Lego. They are very excited to see the end result!
Our numeracy team, in response to a scan of Peter Greer teachers and students, found that students are enjoying math. The implementation of math stations has allowed for differentiation and increased engagement. Although students were now liking math, students reported that they were unable to communicate their thinking, therefore the numeracy team shifted its focus to target mathematical thinking and communication. BC's New Education Plan places an emphasis on core competencies, including critical and creative thinking and communication.
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