Principal's Message

Explore Create  Innovate

 

At East Lake School, we believe it’s important for all students to be actively engaged in learning by being given opportunities to explore new ideas, grow as learners and succeed in what they do.  In visits to classrooms throughout the building we see countless examples of these beliefs in action.

 

This year in a grade 3 class, the students had heard you could balance an egg on its end only on the autumnal equinox.  The class wondered whether or not this was true and decided to explore it.  On the equinox, pairs of students were given eggs to see if they could actually preform the task.  They talked about whether different types of surfaces would make this possible. Students then were tasked with experimenting with different surfaces to balance their egg on.  They watched videos on balancing eggs, the properties that made it possible, and the link to the autumnal equinox.  In the end they discovered an egg can be balanced on its end on any day of the year.  This inquiry kept students engaged for almost the whole morning, as they made discoveries and asked more questions about why and how an egg can be balanced.

 

In another part of the school, grade one students eagerly explored writing and reading activities.  Students spread out throughout the room working on language games, writing activities and reading books of their choice.  As the children explored their different tasks and grew their literacy skills, the teacher was working with small groups of students on specific literacy skills.  It was great to hear the students sharing ideas on how to spell words, write sentences, and their books.

 

In our middle school classrooms students build collaborative learning cultures.  In many classes students do activities to help their teachers learn about their interests and passions.   This information is used to create instructional opportunities related to student interests that connect to what they are learning.  One class, for example, worked on developing inquiry questions related to the unit they are studying.  Students spent the subsequent lessons using their personally owned devices (PODs) to find answers to their questions.

 

Throughout the school staff work to structure activities so students get a chance to work with learners beyond their classroom.  Our middle level and primary classes frequently buddy up for the purpose of learning and mentoring.  This will is an excellent opportunity for our older students to connect and get involved with our youngest learners.  Our younger students value the relationships they have with their big buddies.  These activities help build community, empathy, leadership and citizenship.

 

 

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