This past week the Honourable George Abbott, B.C.’s Minister of Education, spent a day in our district. It was another great opportunity to share a slice of West Vancouver’s public education story, and while I do cover many of our schools’ initiatives and learning directions through my blog posts, this time, I would like to share it through photos of the day spent with the Minister connecting with students, teachers, administrators, parents and others in our schools. I would also like to share what Dean Shareski described as “narrative champions”, telling our exciting, ongoing and ever emerging story.
At Eagle Harbour Montessori School, although there was a room full of adult visitors, students remained focussed and intent on their work:
Also at Caulfeild, students demonstrated some of their work with self-regulation and how they are more easily able to answer the question, “how fast is their engine running — too slow, too fast, or just right”:
An opportunity for students to share how inquiry and digital technology are coming together using their student dashboards:
At West Bay, we heard firsthand from students about choice and ownership of their learning:
Albeit a small slice, it was a very representative slice of learning in West Vancouver. Different examples, often fulfilling the same narrative, could be found in all of the schools. The West Vancouver District has had a long tradition of choice — in programs, and in learning opportunities within the programs. What has become increasingly important are inquiry, digital technology and self-regulation, and elements of all three can be found in all schools.
We also know that a large part of our great story can be attributed to our outstanding teachers, supportive and engaged parents, and passionate students. But the most gratifying element of the visit was the outside voice reassuring us we are on the right track. Call it “21st century learning”, or “personalized learning” or “the West Van way” it can be seen in all of our schools.