For 2017-2018 we are going to focus on...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?
Each classroom teacher is going to focus on planning for more hands on activities while encouraging students to discuss, share, and reflect about their learning with each other. As a school, we will look at possibilities of station work, using loose parts, alternate learning spaces, and some natural learning outside. We'd like to build a learning sharing space with natural logs or boulders, get our students outside more.
In teacher's planning, they will look at the big ideas and see where they can incorporate more hands on learning activities. We will ask students our scanning questions in late October about this learning and how it might be helping them. Have we made growth? If so, what kind? If not? Why not? What’s next? (Talk to students and teachers). From their answers, we will have some planning time at staff meetings and pro-d to reflect on where we go next to help deepen the students' undertanding of what they are doing in class.
Check out our web site from time to time for updates and our bulletin boards in the hallways to see evidence of this learning that will be happening in the classrooms of Garden City!