As Bruce Lee wrote:
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
I want to be transparent and share my little, tiny successes and my big successes, as well as my failures and false starts…
We need to be gracious in allowing, enabling, and purposeful mistakes, and supporting growth after making mistakes.
- Enhanced Communication with Parents and the Community– I have seen a lot of growth in how we are using tools like SchoolMessenger to enhance communication with parents in general as well as parents for specific grades and classrooms. We have even gotten students into the act and they have recorded voice messages for parents, which I love as parents get the message from the kids themselves. I love how we can send out emails directly to parents as needed and to specific audiences.
- Outdoor Learning Classroom Strategy – I was wanting to work on “How can we enable students to be learning through the Alberta Program of Studies but in environments that enhance that learning in a purposeful and intentional manner?” Students have worked on a full design process with a Landscape Design firm to gather information and data, brainstorm, play with and design multiple Outdoors Learning Spaces for the school, and our next steps will be getting shovels in the ground! (see #BelParkOLS for more) As well, our Learning Gardens have been planted and are going once again for 2018 and we had our first school trip for grade 5/6s to Outdoor School for 3 days and 2 nights!
- All for One, One for All! – How do we as a whole staff support each other in our professional learning with high impact strategies on student learning – both in our school and among other schools? We have implemented much more PD for our wonderful support staff, as well as whole school staff meetings so that we can all be together to discuss issues that impact us as a whole school. We have seem great teaming, supporting each other in discussion and discourse, and a ton of collaboration and questioning of professional practice, teaching and learning.
- (Continuing) Time Supports for Staff Professional Learning and Enhancing Learning – IDEA Time – Innovative Development of Educational Advancement – This is time gifted to our teachers for work that pushes us forward and develops our instructional practice! Our Admin Team teaches classes along with our music teacher, to work with kids and provide some time for teachers to do innovative planning. It has been very positive, and allows our Assistant Principal and myself to be able to teach every class and get to know the kids in a different manner.
Hope you have learned as much as I have this year, and have grown as much as I have!