Our Principles of Learning – We Believe…
All students can learn and do so in different ways, at different rates, and are able to demonstrate learning through various means.
Learning is holistic, reflective, experiential, emotional, and relational.
While engagement continues to be identified as a learning pathway of which we determine the extent our school community is personally, socially, and intellectually invested, our commitment to changing pedagogy through the Pathways to Learning continues to develop. Evidence suggests that a balanced approach to using Pathways to Learning is resulting in an increased appreciation for school outcomes and a changing emphasis on student learning. We believe that common structures and strategies that encourage differentiation and active involvement of students in their learning will result in the deepening of student understanding, knowing, and doing.
Pathways that Impact Learning – Because we believe…
Assessment – When students use learner-specific criteria and diverse means to demonstrate understanding, and when student self-assessment is frequent, these factors have a profound impact on learning.
Collaboration – Students are inspired in the creation of new knowledge and respect for different ideas while understanding each other and themselves. Through processes like Circle conversations and Socratic Seminars, students actively listen and meaningfully contribute to discussion.
Engagement – Cooperative structures and strategies allow students to access prior knowledge and deepen understanding to reach specific end products or goals. Learning is differentiated to appeal to each learner.
Play and Exploration – Student curiosity and inquiry-based approaches lead to the development of student creativity and the innovation of something new.
Purpose and Authenticity – Students engage in meaningful and personally relevant learning using interdisciplinary approaches and ‘voice and choice’ to make connections to their own reality and to a broader perspective.
Technology – Students use technology to gain access to information, track understanding, and present out their learning.