We have talked a great deal about the new mission and vision we adopted at the beginning of 2020, after many months of diligent working group sessions, research, and information gathering. To help implement our new vision: “We are determined to create a school where everyone is confident and able to take control of their own learning, and the world is our classroom”, we have identified four key projects related to wellbeing, learning, community and our environment around which we are organizing ourselves through professional development and community engagement. After zooming in on Being Well, Doing Well during November, we will shine a light on the second one of our four projects: Making Learning That Matters.
The challenges of the world are more extreme than ever with change taking place at an accelerating pace. And we must prepare to live in this environment and prepare for jobs that may not yet exist. For them to be successful, our approach to teaching and learning is to enable our students to learn how to learn; to understand how to ask good questions for themselves, as opposed to only answering the questions their teacher asks. From an early age, students must nurture their curiosity and cultivate the questioning and learning skills to make sense of the world themselves, rather than wait for others to explain it.
The Making Learning That Matters project objective is to make learning that is visibly creative and clearly matters to young people and their teachers. Here is what we are doing to achieve this:
As a part of our staff’s regular personal development days, we are digging deeper into these ideas and working with experts. During our recent professional development day, our staff worked with Inquiry expert Trevor MacKenzie, whose focus is on adopting an inquiry-based learning approach in the classroom to foster the learning and support students with making authentic connections to the world around them. "Inquiry mindset is about empowering our learners with tools, understandings and skills to make a difference in the world," said Mr. MacKenzie. Join us on this journey, as we make learning that matters here at ASH.