Garden City Elementary School

CARING, RESPECTING AND LEARNING TOGETHER

OUR FOCUS - WHAT DID WE FIND OUT

Using the Spirals of Inquiry to guide us, we learned from our students that they felt that adults in the school cared about them, however they didn't feel that excited about their learning.  We surveyed all our students and asked them to write about a time where they felt successful when they were learning.  From their answers,  we found out that our students felt successful and happy when they were engaged in hands on learning activities while working with others.  

SO WHAT???

As a staff we wanted to be responsive to our childrens' needs. So, we felt that we wanted to work as a team to make learning more engaging by planning more hands on activities and having students talk with others about what they are learning and doing.

THIS YEAR 2017-2018

Our inquiry question for this year will be: How can we better support our students with hands on and minds on activities in order to enhance, deepen, and build more individual meaning in their learning?  

We are curious to see if a hands on approach pedagogy and focus on social relationships help deepen learning for students.  This will be connected to our reflections and practice with  the Personal Awareness and Responsibiity Core Competency.