Thanks to our Parent Advisory, the books approved for our Language Arts classroom library have arrived. This includes collections for striving and reluctant readers, featured collections, award winners, a non-fiction collection and various series/themes. Thank you to Mrs. Walsh for putting together this extensive wish list!
March 18th was the date of our second residency in Literacy Strategies for the 21st Century. St. Mark was again be partnered with one literacy and one multimedia consultant. Teachers were involved in callback in-services to learn 21st century tools and strategies and how to implement them in various scenarios. During the residency the 4 core teachers and consultants discussed and practiced how to apply what they have learned to their individual class settings. Year 2 strategies of this AISI project included questioning, creating, and synthesizing.
3 teachers continued to work with struggling readers. A small number of struggling readers are being given high quality, individualized intervention. One option in grade 8 has become a Reading Intervention option whereby Mrs. Walsh works with a group of 4 .
St. Mark is also involved in the AISI Content Literacy Project Steering Committee. Two student representatives, Taylor and Brandon, presented a literacy strategy to the rest of the group made up of students, teachers, consultants and administrators. Group discussion addressed how the District can support 21st century learning in classrooms, what needs to be kept and what needs to be changed about the project.
Our students and staff are becoming well equipped knowledgeable active 21st century learners.
The New Western Canadian Protocol has been implemented in all schools. The goals for the new program are to encourage:
- High standards of education
- Common educational goals
- Removing obstacles to the access of educational opportunities for students, including the ease of transfer from jurisdiction to jurisdiction
- Optimum use of educational resources.
The aim of Language Arts is to enable each student to understand and appreciate language, and to use it confidently and competently in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning. Over their three years at St. Mark, students are expected to grow in their ability to use language in order to demonstrate five general learner expectations.
Students will read, write, speak, listen, view, and represent to:
- Explore thoughts, feelings and experiences and develop self-understanding
- Manage ideas and information
- Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts
- Enhance clarity and artistry of communication
- Respect, support and collaborate with others
- In order to meet these objectives, we emphasize a student-centred approach to language learning.
Current research into language development for young people suggests that learners must meet three qualifications in order to learn to use language well―individualization, interaction and integration.
In keeping with this philosophy, students in grades 7, 8 and 9 are given opportunities to:
- Select and sequence their own activities and materials (individualization)
- Cooperate with and teach one another (interaction)
- Experience and study the interrelationships between different modes of communication and between different subject areas (integration)
- Use technology to explore different avenues of communication (i.e., E-mail, PowerPoint presentations).
The Language Arts program at St. Mark is designed to help students become successful and confident communicators and to provide them with literacy skills that will benefit them in high school and beyond. A tremendous variety of quality literature is integrated in all parts of the program.