The Big Picture
It is my hope that your child:
• Will develop skills in all subject areas that will help her or him be a happy and contributing member of our community
• Will see our classroom as a safe and happy environment in which to learn and grow
Integrated Teaching and Inquiry-Based Learning
Subjects are often integrated (two or more subjects taught at once) in order to maximize learning time and help students understand concepts in depth. For example, a few years ago my students participated in the
Canada Day Poster Challenge, using skills learned in Visual and Language Arts to represent and share what they knew about Canadian Identity from Social Studies.
Inquiry-based teaching methodologies are often used in our classroom. Please ask Mme Roy for more details if you're interested.
Digital Literacy and Technology in the Classroom
We are increasingly helping children develop critical thinking skills so they can evaluate and assess the large amount of information that comes their way each day. While it is still important to learn basic facts, students must also understand how to process information they can readily retrieve via the web. We will be learning this in class.
Our classroom will make use of a SMARTBoard and laptops/iPads when possible, to enhance what we are learning. We have many online resources listed on our links page. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices to enhance our learning if their parents/guardians allow it: We have 6 computer carts at the school but 15 grades 4-8 classrooms. I will let kids know in advance when to bring technology if parents/guardians let them.
French & English Language Arts