Learning from Where They Are – One size does not fit all
We need to allow students the opportunity to learn from where they are. Differentiated instructions will allow students to feel successful and will empower them to become lifelong learners.
As Michael Petrilli said in Education Next (Winter 2011), “With the advent of powerful online learning tools. . . students might be able to receive instruction that’s truly individualized to their own needs — differentiation on steroids.” Technology has opened the doors for teachers to provide differentiation without feeling overwhelmed.
Positive aspects of differentiated instruction:
- Each student is taught to their learning style
- Each student has an individualized learning plan
- Teachers are “teaching up” and holding students to high standards
- Teacher creativity
- No Child Left Behind
By: Sarah Layton on July 20th, 2017
The Foundation of our Educational Principles and Expectations:
To do one’s utmost, to serve and lead by example
To have integrity, a willingness not to steal, cheat or lie and to own up.
To show regard and consideration for the rights, beliefs, values and property of all people.
To act in accordance with rules and regulations and to learn self-control and self-discipline.
To have or place reliance on the integrity, ability and character of others
To show passion, eagerness and devotion to learn and to work hard
Thinking Skills Program
In all our academic program, the students are encouraged to become independent, critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Focus is also placed on the development of effective communication skills, both written and oral.
Our Thinking Skills program is central in our approach to academics.
Students are taught a wide range of strategies and tools that enable them to engage in higher order thinking.
Dr David Hyerle’s Thinking Maps, Dr Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats and Blooms Taxonomy are applied across the curriculum at every level.
These tools enable our students to organize their thoughts and make effective decisions about how to approach their work.
Using the thinking and student-centred approach, the I.V. School will attempt to ensure that:
- Objectives are covered in less time with greater retention.
- Thought processes are represented similarly throughout the curricula.
- There is promotion of integrated thinking and interdisciplinary learning.
- Prior knowledge to a specific lesson is easily gauged.
- Student performance can be tracked accurately over time.
- Students gain effective tools to use across their academic and working careers.
- Our students are equipped with lifelong thinking tools.
- Our students are equipped with effective study methods.