Our Beliefs About Teaching and Learning
We believe that students learn best when:
We believe that as teachers we must:
- When they believe they can learn.
- In different ways and at different rates.
- When the classroom and school environment supports their emotional, social, cultural and educational needs.
- When the learning is authentic (ie. involves real world problems).
- When they feel respected.
- When there is a positive relationship between teacher and student.
- When teachers provide explicit feedback designed to reduce the gap between a student's current and a higher level of understanding.
- Believe all children can learn.
- Display enthusiasm and passion for what we teach.
- Work together as a professional learning community intent on improving students' achievements.
- Set achievable but challenging class tasks.
- Provide differentiated learning activities.
- Provide a quality classroom environment in which all students feel valued and respected by the teacher and by fellow students.
- Work hard to develop positive relationships with all students.
- Know our subject matter well.
- Maintain high expectations of our students.
- Plan explicit teaching activities that stimulate students' interest.
- Provide explicit feedback that helps students move from their current to a higher level of understanding.
- Keep learning.