Focus on Learning
At Banting & Best School:
- Learning is an active process that demands full student participation in work.
- Learning is both an individual and a cooperative venture, where students work at their own pace and performance levels, and also work with other students to solve problems and demonstrate learning.
- Learning encompasses a broad spectrum including the foundational skills in literacy and numeracy, while supporting students in utilizing technological tools to represent new understandings and opportunities to investigate significant inquiry questions.
- Learning is goal-oriented, engaging, and connected to the real world so students can connect what they learn in school to the outside world.
- Learning is personalized so students and teachers can set goals that are realistic and attainable while challenging and rigorous.
- Learning encourages a component of self-evaluation. Assessment is a tool that develops further teaching and learning strategies.
- Learning is something that needs a comfortable physical environment and an atmosphere of support (caring), respect and safety.
School Improvement Goals
- To improve the academic performance of all students in the areas of Literacy (Reading and Writing) and Numeracy (Mathematics), and engage all students in their learning (personalization)
- To ensure that all students become responsible citizens and develop good character
- To develop student and staff capacity to use formative assessment strategies to guide learning
Parents should encourage children to read from books suggested by the school. In addition, homework may be sent home for assignment completion or skill reinforcement during the course of the school year. In Division 1, (Grades 1-3) five to ten minutes of study or reading per night are recommended.
Each child is unique and many children are reading 30 minutes per night from as early as Grade 2, so we encourage you to use these times as guidelines and increased homework time should be at the discretion of the parent in conversation with the teacher.