Focus: To create a plan for an outdoor learning space and garden — with a community library (book-share), to integrate Aboriginal teachings into daily activities to develop awareness, respect, and understanding for the people and culture, to host a school-wide Aboriginal Day in June to celebrate Aboriginal culture, and to promote and develop a feeling of cultural pride and confidence in our Aboriginal students.
Focus: What will the impact of conferencing with students around reading/writing be on student outcomes and the teachers’ skills/knowledge of observing & noticing behaviours?
Focus: To learn more about Social Emotional curriculum to help our Aboriginal students be in a place of “readiness to learn”; in addition, we decided to accompany this learning of our own with learning about SEL through an Aboriginal paradigm. Our hope in doing so was that through approaching our students with these understandings, they might have more of a sense of belonging within our school community. We also decided to do this in the hopes of sharing our new knowledge with our colleagues and peers with the additional hope that they too, might be able to approach our students with their new understandings.