As we are building our Spiral of Inquiry around our school goals we feel that have asked the right questions and are moving in a direction filled with purpose. In order for this process to be meaningful and relevant, we have beed quite delibarate in our SCAN phase. Once we completed the creation of a school vision and mission statement, we moved into focusing on key concepts such as differentiation and inclusion in order to develop hunches and deepen our learning. We also worked on embedding the concepts the First Peoples Principles of Learning as well as the concepts of Character Strong into our school as we beleive in helping our students become responsible and proud citizens.
Our next steps are based around continuing our inquiry in relation to French Immersion, Literacy and Numeracy at a middle school level. As an admin team, we believe in a clarity of shared purpose with a collective understanding of where we are going as team of educators in order to support students and parents alike.
FIRST PEOPLES PRINCIPLES
Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self,
the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and
Learning is holistic, refl exive, refl ective, experiential,
and relational (focused on connectedness, on
reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
Learning involves recognizing the consequences
of one’s actions.
Learning involves generational roles and
Learning recognizes the role of indigenous
Learning is embedded in memory, history,
Learning involves patience and time.
Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.
Learning involves recognizing that some
knowledge is sacred and only shared with
permission and/or in certain situations.
"When We Teach The Whole Child, The Whole School Benefits."
MORE THAN A CURRICULUM - IT'S A CULTURE.
The research shows that when a school takes time to cultivate a culture of character and develop social-emotional skills, grades go up and bad behavior goes down. It makes sense - when kids feel safe and supported, they perform better and WANT to be there. When students learn the value of kindness, service, and empathy, they don't just walk out of school being competent at math and science - they walk away being capable, compassionate people. And couldn't we use a few more of those around?