Curriculum Expectations – “In Pursuit of Knowledge”
A major expectation we have for students is that they will become self-motivated, lifelong learners. Process skills as well as content areas are important to each student’s development to achieve academic excellence. A focus is placed upon process skills, problem solving, thinking skills, and questioning strategies. Through careful teacher planning, students will cover the skills and concepts required by Alberta Education. Throughout the development of content and process skills, the main focus is on the student, on his/her strengths, abilities, and interests.
In all areas of the curriculum we want learning to be both meaningful and motivating for students. Students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process, when they have choices and develop ownership of their own learning. Talk is essential in learning, as it links the experience with thought.
The School Learning Team
The School Learning Team is comprised of teachers, administrators and educational assistants. We meet on a regular basis to discuss the needs of students and brainstorm ways to further support students who are struggling or excelling in one or more areas of school. Parents are always informed if their child has or will be referred to the School Learning Team.
The CBE makes recommendations about homework in policy. Assigning homework is up to the individual teacher, but students and parents are encouraged to set aside some regular time each evening for home study and recreational reading. Family board games, reading together, going for walks, and discussing current events are great ways to enrich student learning at home.
The nature and amount of home study recommended by CBE are as follows:
Division I (Grades 1-3): Parents and teachers should encourage children to read each evening. No formal assignments should be made, but from 5-10 minutes of systematic study per night is recommended.
Division II (Grades 4-6): Formal homework assignments may be given at the discretion of the teacher. They should be within the 20 minute range Questions about homework should be directed firstly to your child’s teacher. Ideas for homework are often posted on the daily agendas (classroom blogs).