Day 82 (of 184) we have an innovative school
Attending today’s Okanagan/Thompson Superintendent Association event on Innovation, I happily connected a lot of innovative practices happening around the region with our own practices at Sorrento Elementary
#geniushour (which we presented on so of course we are doing it) one hour a week for our grade 4 & 5 learners has been a ‘highlight of the week’.
Daily PE (specifically morning PE) to lead to better learning through the day. I always wanted to join the 60 minutes kids club but never ended up finding the time in the day. It took two other teachers to ‘make it fit’ into the schedule. Why? Because it blended so well with the math that followed it and led to increased student engagement participation and success.
Technology access – not in labs, but mobile technology. We brought in some iPads. Then came the wifi. And now we are seeing student bring their own devices. Very cool!
eportfolios as a way to communicate student learning – I’m seeing that many schools are doing these, I’m just happy that while we are adding this to what we do, we are able to ‘take something off the plate’ in terms of Report Cards.
Learning Commons- our blending of the upstairs computer lab, library, learning assistance room and ‘self regulation focused’ classroom into a larger ‘learning commons’ has mirrored the move of other schools in our region to keep an open-area for learning…..open and accessible.
Self Regulation – ranging from our self-regulation-model classroom which has influenced every other room in the school to our twice daily ‘breathing break’ (look up Mind Up). Anxiety is a big deal at our school and we are not ignoring it.
It was very satisfying seeing so many innovative practices going on and more impressive to always hear that student success was always at the core. It made me happy (as well) to reflect how well my staff works together and that student success is at the heart of what we work on each day.
Now to see what innovations we will be sharing on next!