Saturday, 25 February 2017

Social Responsibility




The final core competency in the BC ministry's redesigned curriculum is Social Responsibility and also falls under the heading of "Personal and Social".  This competency is comprised of four components:
1. Contributing to Community and Caring for the Environment
2. Solving Problems in Peaceful Ways
3. Valuing Diversity
4. Building Relationships
This competency has a 5-point scale which is described using "I" statements found here.  Statements range from "With support, I can be part of a group" all the way to "I build and sustain positive relationships with diverse people, including people from different generations".
In addition, the ministry is building a repository of examples that illustrate the levels of the Social Responsibility competency.  These illustrations can be found on this page and can be viewed by clicking on the green lettering.  Some are pictures and some are videos but all serve to illustrate each level of the competency.
Once you have explored this competency, why not take some time with your child to make an assessment of where they might fall on the 5-point scale?  Most of you will find these embedded in your PLP (click on the triangles).
 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

SEL at YouLearn

YouLearn's Kozy Korner
Our school district has several initiatives in place.  One of the most far-reaching of these is "Social and Emotional Learning" (SEL for short).  I say far-reaching because it spans all schools and all grade levels including YouLearn.  To that end, YouLearn has created a space in our school where students who are struggling with their emotions can find space, time and some tools to help centre themselves.  This space is pictured above.  Some of the items for student use include:
- a mindful board which allows students to draw with water alone
- a small sand box with a small rake to create designs
- detailed colouring books with markers
- a chalk board filled with positive messages
- an electronic photo frame with peaceful scenes and positive messages
- a bubbling, gurgling water feature
- electric candles and plants
- access to an iPad filled with applications that are designed to calm and centre students
- comfortable chairs and headphones
- a CD player with several CD's of nature sounds and soothing music
It is our hope that students find our school to advance them academically as well as emotionally and socially.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Personal Awareness and Responsibility


I like the image above that intersects self-awareness with self-management to describe self-competence.  This is the aim of the second of three competencies under the heading "Personal and Social". This competency is made up of three parts:1. Self-Determination2. Self-Regulation3. Well-BeingThis competency has a five-point scale which is described using "I" statements found here.  Statements are as simple as "I can show a sense of accomplishment and joy" to "I can use strategies to find peace in stressful times".In addition, the ministry is building a repository of examples that illustrate the levels of the Personal Awareness and Responsibility competency.  These illustrations are found on this page and can be viewed by clicking on the green lettering.  Some are pictures and some are videos but serve as practical examples that demonstrate each level of the competency. Once you have explored this competency, why not take some time with your child to make an assessment of where they might fall on the 5-point scale?  Most of you will find these embedded in your PLP.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Mindset Makes the Difference

Which mindset do you possess?
A book that has a profound impact on our approach to learning and challenges is Mindset by Carol Dweck.  She contrasts the fixed mindset in which the learner believes their intellect and skills are finite as opposed to the growth mindset which believes that effort and persistence can cause us to exceed expectations.  One of the most important words in developing this mindset is "yet".  Instead of saying: "I can't do fractions!", say: "I can't do fractions YET, but I can try!"  She challenges parents and educators to foster this mindset by praising effort and tenacity, which are viewed as limitless, rather than intelligence and talent, which can be viewed as finite.  
I was sent a video of one of our Yukon students, Anna Gishler, who was competing in gymnastics in Las Vegas.  I am confident she had to have a growth mindset to learn all of her moves.  You can see one of her routines here.  My fixed mindset says I cannot do what Anna does; yet with time, practice, persistence, why not?!  
Have a growth mindset in everything you do and I am sure you will surprise yourself with all you can learn and accomplish.