Curriculum Best Practices (4069 KB)Diploma Policy
Curriculum defines for all stakeholders what shared understandings and skills students are expected to gain and be able to demonstrate in their grade or course of study. This is further supported through our OneSchool Educational Standards. It is an essential tool to provide consistency in educational experiences and achievement for every student enrolled in a Sterling School. This includes but is not limited to: units and lessons that teachers teach, assignments and projects given, resources used in the course and summative and formative assessments used to evaluate student learning.
In an ever-changing society, countries across the globe are consistently looking for avenues to better meet the needs of their students. Furthermore, as students prepare to enter the workforce, society demands that they understand and demonstrate proficiency in the skills that benefit the 21st century.
The purpose of the curriculum philosophy is to provide students a higher and well-rounded education that focuses on setting higher expectations for all learners and instill skills associated with self-directed learning to better prepare students for the 21st century work place. In the new plan, students are encouraged to explore a variety of interests that will provide them higher levels of critical thinking, communication, commitment/loyalty, and collaboration. There will be a greater emphasis on receiving a Sterling diploma while encouraging secondary diplomas in provinces and Cambridge.
Ultimately, a quality curriculum should be fair and equal to all students in the system. We need to recognize that the programing is not the same for all of them because no single existing curriculum can serve all of our students needs. A “good” curriculum recognizes that individuals are different and our curriculum will provide the content, methods, resources, and programs that will best celebrate those strengths. By establishing Sterling curricular goals that are supported by the OneSchool Educational standard document, organization into the existing system, and recognizing that change is inescapable, a quality and “good” curriculum will evolve.
|* Respect for the OneSchool Ethos and Values||* An equivalent opportunity for every student to reach their full potential||* Delivery of a comprehensive range of subjects for all students||* Training in the skill of Self-Directed Learning||* Attainment of a University entrance qualification.|
Learning to Learn builds the capacity in its students for self-direction, independent problem solving and intrinsic motivation. Bringing together people, curriculum, technology, and place creates a learning environment that promotes best practice in teaching and learning.
Sterling Education is committed to taking our current SDL program to a new level, Project 20 SDL. This will be based off of the Learning to Learn philosophy. It is a way that students develop critical thinking, problem solving and real world application through learning by setting goals, working together and working independently.
There are many different types of SDL being used within educational systems at every level; primary, secondary and post-secondary. Project20 incorporates best practices and will put Sterling schools at the cutting edge of educational delivery utilizing a specialized framework. Self-directed learning is not a program but rather the philosophy and process in which students will learn.
Project20 SDL will improve classroom behavior, promote a more creative approach to education, provide better help for learning support and provide for advanced talented students to be stretched. This will result in being able to drive students and to learn to become independent problem solvers.
In 2015 -2016 we will be working continuing improvement of the implementation of SDL program to Project20 SDL through the support of our teachers, parent and students, allowing our students to achieve personal excellence and recognize SDL in all grades and all classrooms. Project based learning will be incorporated into the curriculum as one of the methodologies teachers will use to guide students in developing skills in self-directed learning.
The Learning Center is a working lab the students will use to complete tasks and assignments explained in their weekly plans. The work space is for grades 9-12. The Learning Center will be staffed by the campus to guide the students and keep them on task without formally “teaching” them or giving them answers. Students should have access to computers and resources during this time. This is NOT a study hall, students will work on self directed assignments.
All 11th-12th grade students are expected to complete a self-study course in a 2.5 period block. Students will choose one of two tracks. Track One encompasses extensions of existing courses (i.e. Advanced Business Studies II). Track Two allows students to complete an outside course. The purpose of this, is to help students understand themselves as learners to understand their needs in self-directed learning. Since these courses are typically done without a facilitator but rather a mentor, students will learn to engage in self-reflection and self-evaluation of learning goals in a particular area of study. Mentors are expected to regularly consult with students and engage in feedback on their progress. Students will decide on a track and report it on the appropriate Diploma Planning Guide.
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Create unique independent learning opportunities that encourage problem solving and independent thinking.
Push students to achieve more by encouraging them to go beyond their comfort zone and challenge themselves.
Provide clear and concise weekly lesson plans so that students know in advance what is expected of them.
Create a safe working environment and set the classroom arrangement so that it is conducive to SDL.
Communicate with LC teachers, parents, and Site Coordinators when necessary.
Foster a positive attitude about school and the self directed learning program.
Encourage students to complete their work on time and attend school so they can stay on target.
Accommodate students so they have time outside of school to complete weekly SDL tasks.
Make sure their children are sent to school prepared and ready to learn.
Read through notes that are sent home, communicate with the teacher, and attend all conferences and open houses.
Be prepared for class every day and complete all work required.
Respect that there will be no late work accepted because each day will build on the previous day’s learning.
Forward all work to the course teacher BEFORE class begins, with their name, campus and page number on each page.
Push themselves to work harder and smarter by staying on top of assignments and using their time wisely.
ONLY do work for the SDL courses in the LC—they will NOT use the Learning Center as a study hall.