It is a fact, that the effects of verbal harassment, threats, purposeful mistreatment and physical violence can be devastating. It is a serious matter, not to be ignored. I do believe that we need to support and advocate for students as they make their way in the world....
It all started as a challenge from a teacher and my desire to get into classrooms and experience student learning first hand. "We're part of the school too, you know. It's really where the whole Meadowridge experience and the IB journey actually begins!" Mrs. Kozol was adamant that although the approach to teaching and learning in our Junior Kindergarten Programme is "play-based", there is far more going on than just playing around...
Imagine this: In just a few years, your child has graduated and gone to university. After a few weeks, you get a phone call, and your child tells you that this university is hard, so hard, with difficult assignments and a huge reading list... and that their roommate does not know how to clean up, and that it is really difficult to see a Professor... Click here to read more.
Imagine: An adult is hit by a soccer ball on a playground, and unfortunately suffers a concussion. What would you do, if you administered a school? An administrator in a public school in Toronto faced this issue recently, and so banned the use of inflated balls in the schoolyard.
In some schools, games of tag and other chase and elimination games have been banned, following particular complaints of injury or the bruising of self-esteem. Click here to read more
In this Morning’s Vancouver Sun, there was an Op-Ed by Geoff Johnson, a retired public school Superintendent, entitled, “Make report cards relics of the past”. Mr. Johnson suggests that “All the fuss about report cards and the importance of letter grades supported by vague generic comments is a fuss about the wrong thing. As public education moves toward 21st-century individualized learning, the systems of reporting progress will need to move with it and the traditional report card will become a quaint relic of the previous century.” Click here to read more.
Labels are helpful. They assist when deciding who has the information we need. They tell us sizes on clothing. They can tell you whether your food is organic or locally grown. We love labels! They carry embedded messages. But do they really do the subject justice? Is a piece of art just paint on a canvas? There is so much more to us than the label we give to each other.
This is the way with the Board. We always refer to the Board as a whole. The Board sets strategic policy. The Board meets monthly. The Board has sub-committees who meet regularly. The Board holds an AGM and approves the audited financial statements.