In February 2020, the information gathered from the 2019-2020 scan was shared with our learning community in efforts to continue our inquiry. Staff and parents, who serve on the Parent Advisory Council, looked at the results of the parent and student scan. During the February 2020 staff meeting, teachers examined this data along with first term report card data, school wide write data, Early Learning Profile data and FSA results. The staff documented their thinking in terms of:
- Wonders or questions they had
- Important and consistent trends
Student Scan: Approximately 35% of our student population, participated in this survey. From the data collected, all students who were scanned reported they believe there are three or more adults who believe they will be a success in life. Students named a variety of staff including teachers, CEAs, the principal, the custodian and Noon Hour Supervisors. When asked about their learning and why it is important, students shared about content specific learning (titles) such as "reading, writing, and math." Often they shared strategies they were learning. Many students were able to make connections to why their learning was important with real life applications. Students overwhelmingly took a positive stance over how their learning was going. The majority of students shared their learning was going "good" or "really well." When asked about their "next steps" in learning, the data showed us that students had a difficult time with this area. They could not articulate their next steps on the continuum of learning or their personal learning goals. Most students were able to articulate strategies they would use during learning if they felt 'stuck' or 'frustrated.'
Grade 4 Learning Survey: Approximately 86% of our grade 4 students participated in this survey. The results of this survey showed consistent patterns; overall, most students feel our school is a place where they belong, feel welcome and safe (82%-97%), most students could name 3 or more adults at school who believe they will be a success in life, and most students feel happy at our school and like being here (85%-87%). Interestingly, when asked, "Do you know what things are considered when you work is assessed?" 65% of students said that they had some knowledge of this.
The same approached was used to examine parent responses. Responses were sorted into common themes. From there, trends were identified. Please see here for results of the parent scan: Emerging Themes from the Parent Survey January 2020.pdf
Please refer to our 'Evidence of Learning" to view some of our staff meeting and other student learning activities.
In mid-March 2020, the BC Ministry of Education announced the suspension of all in-school instruction for students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, and our school board, our CTE community of learners (students, parents and staff), shifted from in-class to remote learning. Please see here for a summary of our journey together: March to June 2020.pdf
After reflecting on our journey and experiences, our students and staff participated in a school wide inquiry project for the month of June. CTE is Digging for Gold!.pdf
Leveraging the positive outcomes for improved student learning at CTE:
TOGETHERNESS: Team Wolverines! This situation caused us to slow down. Our team grew in patience, kindness and togetherness. As a staff, but also as individuals, we listened more and considered the needs and perspectives of staff members, students and our CTE families. Our staff motto over this period was “Tough times don’t last, but tough teams do!” During this time, our team developed a new school motto: “CTE a community of Learners; engaging hearts and growing leaders.” How can we continue to grow as a caring, united community?
COLLABORATION: Our teachers, CEAs and support staff worked collaboratively to develop and build learning opportunities for our students and to solve technical issues as they arose. As a school team, we collaborated throughout the week to discuss issues, solve problems and to schedule our time to ensure we connected with our students and their families. How can we make “collaboration” a continued, essential and regular part of planning for student learning?
INNOVATION and LEARNING: This situation challenged us to be innovative. “Necessity is the mother of invention.” As a staff, we had only one option; to collaborate, learn and be innovative. Moving forward, how can we hold on to these engaging and innovative practices? (flipped classroom, providing choice and options for students, blended learning, outdoor learning, interest and inquiry based learning, etc.)
TECHNOLOGY INCREASES ACCESS FOR ALL LEARNERS: Using technology to learn allows for increased differentiation. Teachers often prepared recorded videos teaching specific skills. How can we use these recordings to provide group work and extra practice within our classrooms next year? Technology tools, such as speech to text and text to speech, give students with diverse-abilities access to learning. How can we leverage these tech skills so they are accessible to learners each and every day in our school? .
COMMUNICATION: Communication was particularly important over the course of these challenging times. How can we continue to improve our communication with our community?