News and Announcements
December 10, 2013
This year during our Wednesday Professional Learning Community (PLC) time, in addition to grade level teams working together to analyze data and plan instruction, we have worked together as a school wide K-5 professional learning community. We have re-visited our school mission: To provide opportunities for students to achieve their personal best, become responsible and productive citizens and embrace lifelong learning. We have updated our standards of practice and are referring to them as “Shared Commitments”. We are passionate about providing our Champlain students with stimulating and challenging educational opportunities. We want to share our commitments with you so that you know what we believe to be important for students. Teachers will be embedding these commitments into the lessons they plan. As they articulate learning targets for students they will be incorporating learning as a lifelong process, connecting academics and real life learning, creating inviting and respectful classrooms, using ongoing data to drive their instruction, and implementing a variety of teaching strategies to reach all children. We want to provide the best learning experiences possible to lay the foundation for our students to become caring, contributing members of society. Please talk with your children about our commitments so that they continue to understand the purpose of their learning at Champlain.
We will emphasize that LEARNING IS A LIFELONG PROCESS
by focusing on the effort and process as well as the outcome. We challenge students withrigorous tasksand teach strategies to persevere through academic challenges.
We will CONNECT ACADEMICS AND “REAL LIFE” LEARNING
by creating authentic, purposeful, and relevant learning experiences. We work as collaborative teams todevelop learning targets and differentiated tasks, giving students opportunities to be self-directed, use technology, problem solve, think critically, work in groups, present orally and participate in meaningful discussions.
We will CREATE AN INVITING AND RESPECTFUL CLASSROOM community. We teach students to be safe, respectful and responsible with themselves, others and their environment.
We will USE ONGOING PROGRESS MONITORING to check understanding, drive instruction and reach diverse students’ needs. We use assessment results to create whole class and small group lessons.
We will USE A VARIETY OF TEACHING STRATEGIES to support skill development and encourage critical thinking supportive of diverse learners. We incorporate modeling, conferencing, scaffold materials and small group instruction into our teaching, based on student needs.