Our Learning & Actions for 2017-18

What will we do to enhance our students’ learning? What are some specific actions we are considering taking?

1. Immigration project: Finding the places we’ve come from what plants or crops are indigenous to your home country?  Learning about the community, the history, the different cultures that make up our school.

2. Reaching out to our Steveston community, developing care for the place and the people who live here. Getting to know our neighbours via interactions in our outdoor classroom and community garden.

3. Writing and sharing legends and stories — we are planting many crops based on legends and aboriginal knowledge, ie: The three sisters is a garden bed with corn, peas and squash.  The First Nations Peoples were the first to identify the benefits of companion planting and the legend is the basis for our planting these together.  We are all related — George Littlechild; how are we all connected in the Homma Community? (ideas: puzzle pieces, quilts)

4. Explore alternative forms of “sharing assemblies” to showcase student learning.

5. Walkshops: Students take a group on a tour of a space or place to communicate their learning.

6. Whole school Biennale installation — artist to come and work in the school.

7. Development of courtyard learning space: revisiting mindfulness and providing equal access to natural learning spaces for our entire student population in an outdoor learning space
exploring how preparing our courtyard environment for self-regulated learning supports resiliency and risk taking in our students’ learning.

What will we focus on in our professional learning to support our students’ learning?

1. Introduce staff to people and resources that will allow them to connect with our community so that they can then share that with students.  Many of our staff do not know or understand the rich history of our area, including Steveston, the Fraser River, Japanese-Canadians, fishing industry and farming, local experts, Richmond residents, and artists.

2. Community walking tour for staff, connecting to this place.  SFU has an excellent walking curriculum for teachers via Dr. Gillian Judson in IEE

3. Sharing ideas on how to help students effectively explain their thinking and reflect on their learning

Possible supports for this: Carrie Bourne, Janice Novakowski, Lisa Schwartz