Here was the job posting...
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What appealed to me most about the job was that is was a position that supports my vision of education and it was housed in a building being run by an administrator I highly respect. While I wasn't looking to move schools, it was a job opportunity I couldn't let pass me by.
This new job means that I ...
- have a multi aged classroom ( a possible k-3 class although at the moment I have students in grade one and grade three)
- will continue to support inquiry learning
- have students who are not in the building every day as there is distributed learning piece where children are learning from home
- have the responsibility to plan appropriate/meaningful learning tasks for the home learning piece
- am available to meet with parents to help support home learning
- keep a focus on STEAM learning and integrate seamlessly
- foster and support wonder and inquiry
- embrace the maker movement as a way of learning
- have my students look for and solve real world problems
- continue to have my students learn with the world
- teach the new BC curriculum and find meaningful ways to go deeper with it
- have on-going communication with families
- OF COURSE honour my students as who they are and support them as passionate learners
I am super excited to work with these children who are looking at a new approach to learning. And yes, my class is technically a k-3 class, but in my mind my class is a group of learners, who together will create, inspire, and support one another on each of their personal learning journals. Yes, there is curriculum that needs to be embedded into our learning, but student centered learning will be what we focus on most.
The program is available to most students in the province, but the reality is you need to be face to face in the classroom at least 3 days a week. If you're curious to learn more about this new school be sure to check out the website at sailacademy.ca. Exciting times are upon us.