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Presentation parent engagement january 2012

  1. 1. OUTSIDE45
  2. 2. <ul><li>Let us learn as fully and accurately as we decently can. But let us at the same time abandon our superstitious beliefs about knowledge: that it is intrinsically good; that it can be used objectively or disinterestedly. </li></ul>Wendell Berry
  3. 3. A NEW CHOICE PROGRAM <ul><li>outside45 will embrace the principles of inquiry-based and place-based learning to enhance students’ engagement, academic achievement and development of critical thinking skills so that they can develop an ethic of care in relation to the environment.  </li></ul>
  4. 4. AGENDA <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Influences on Design </li></ul><ul><li>What it Looks Like Day to Day </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts, Further Discussion </li></ul>
  5. 5. PROGRAM BUILDER
  6. 6. WHO? WHAT? WHEN? <ul><li>Year#1: Based on Grade 6 Science/Socials curriculum strands </li></ul><ul><li>Year #2: Based on Grade 7 Science/Socials curriculum strands </li></ul><ul><li>Open to students in Grade 6 or 7 </li></ul><ul><li>1 class (limited registration) </li></ul><ul><li>1 Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation: September 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Board approval process </li></ul>
  7. 7. INSPIRATION <ul><li>Trek </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental focus at BICS </li></ul><ul><li>Community school – access to resources </li></ul><ul><li>Natural setting on Bowen </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Learning Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>http://vimeo.com/31826460 </li></ul>
  8. 8. GOALS <ul><li>Develop a deep understanding of the overarching and topical enduring understandings embedded in the prescribed curriculum through an inquiry-based approach; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop “a disposition toward behaving intelligently “ </li></ul><ul><li>Be an engaged learner, including active involvement in goal setting and assessment, gaining more awareness of their interests and abilities; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and apply critical thinking skills </li></ul>
  9. 9. GOALS <ul><li>Acquire outdoor skills that build leadership and social responsibility; </li></ul><ul><li>Students have a greater understanding of who they are, both as a learner and community member, and more awareness of their place in their local community (Bowen Island) and the larger communities they are a part of </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an ethic of care for themselves </li></ul>
  10. 10. PLACE-BASED LEARNING <ul><li>Fosters students’ connection to place and creates vibrant partnerships between schools and communities </li></ul><ul><li>Boosts student achievement & increases student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Helps students learn to take care of the world by understanding where they live and taking action in their own backyards and communities </li></ul>
  11. 11. INQUIRY-BASED <ul><li>UbD Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Big Idea = Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Strands from the Grade 6 and 7 Socials and Science curricula provide the framework </li></ul><ul><li>Other subjects integrated as appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic Transfer Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Capstone Project – end of year </li></ul>
  12. 12. HABITS OF MIND <ul><li>16 attributes of what human beings do when they behave intelligently (Art LaCosta) </li></ul><ul><li>Persisting </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Impulsivity </li></ul><ul><li>Listening to Others – With Understanding and Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Flexibly </li></ul><ul><li>Thing About Our Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Striving for Accuracy & Precision </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning and Posting Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking & Communicating with Clarity and Precision </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering Data through All Senses </li></ul><ul><li>Creating, Imagining & Innovating </li></ul><ul><li>Responding with Wonderment & Awe </li></ul><ul><li>Taking Responsible Risks </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Humour </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Interdependently </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Continuously </li></ul>
  13. 13. ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION <ul><li>Based on UbD framework </li></ul><ul><li>Enduring Understandings / Essential Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Foundational Skills embedded & assessed in context </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing formative assessment (digital portfolio) </li></ul><ul><li>Student-Led Conferences 4X year (setting goals with parents) </li></ul><ul><li>Individualized “Flight Path” - </li></ul><ul><li>If required, letter grades generated at conference based on progress tracked on student’s Flight Path </li></ul>
  14. 14. PARADIGM SHIFT <ul><li>Inside </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom-Based </li></ul><ul><li>Community comes to school </li></ul><ul><li>Discipline-based (subjects) </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental ed – add on </li></ul><ul><li>Rigid schedule/fixed calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Report cards </li></ul><ul><li>Learning anchored to PLO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Outside </li></ul><ul><li>Place-based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linked to enduring understandings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students learning in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Curricular integration across disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental ed –through this lens </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Learning Plan – Digital Portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential learning – inquiry based </li></ul>
  15. 15. CONTEXT
  16. 16. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?

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