Our Focus

2019-2020 School Story Focus

After reflecting on the data collected from our interviews with students last year, the data shows that we have achieved our goal of strengthening the relationships amongst all of our groups and building a stronger community.  Continuing to use the Spirals of Inquiry as our framework to help us focus on a question, a second reflection focused our attention on the “why” behind our students’ learning.

Students can express and explain what they are learning about across a variety of curricular areas.  Their responses as to why they are learning what they are learning could be far more in depth.  When staff observed patterns in the data collected, it was noticed that a focus on strengthening the “why” of learning could help our students—not only with enhancing their depth of understanding and how what they are learning is important in the bigger picture, but also how much of what we learn is connected in many different ways.  Tying our learning together are the Core Competencies.

There are three core competencies:  Please click on the link above for full details and see the second picture for quick summary of the core competencies.

Our focus for this 2019-2020 school year is: 

How does noticing, naming and nurturing the core competencies enhance our students’ understanding of their own learning?


Our focus

Over the past 2 years our focus has been on building community amongst our stakeholder groups staff, students and families.  Students were asked the 4 questions again, a bit different than those listed below and 100% of students can name 1 adult that cares about them and 88% can name 2. This shows us that our students are comfortable at school and have a strong sense of their community. 

The students can name the adults and share what the adults do that demonstrates they care about them.
Students are able to name and talk about what they are learning.  They did have difficulty describing “why” they are learning what they are learning.  Please see the student responses to this question here.  https://wowk.sd38.bc.ca/our-school-story/our-learning/our-evidence-blog/201819/question-4

So, where to next?

As a staff we will focus on these questions at our next professional day..

From the evidence gathered what will our question be?

What will we focus on in our professional learning to support our students' learning?

How are we going to gather evidence of student learning related to our focus?

How will we know we have made a difference?


Our previous focus September 2017-June 2019

How did we determine our focus?

Using the 4 main questions from the book, Spirals of Inquiry—staff asked students these questions, asking a variety of boys and girls, from each grade across the school.

The four key questions are:

  1. Can you name two adults in this setting who believe you will be a success in life?
  2. What are you learning and why is it important?
  3. How are you doing with your learning?
  4. What are your next steps?

We also used staff observations from their daily interactions with students.

Our Learning

What did we learn from listening to our students?

1) Can you name two adults in this setting who believe you will be a success in life?

Most students had difficulty naming two adults. Staff was surprised, because they felt they showed this on a daily basis.

2) What are you learning and why is it important?

Most students commented on math, because assessment in math continues to be more qualitative than other subjects. Students from all three groups were interested in practical skills that relate to job acquisition.  They also clearly understand the First Nations curriculum and its importance to their home.  A connection is being made between the ACT lessons and social skills.

3) How are you doing with your learning?

Most students paused to think about this question. Students are fair with themselves.  Every student used the word “good”.  Each student was also able to identify something they wished to learn, or needed to work on.

4)What are your next steps?

This question initially caused confusion due to its open-endedness.  Again, students paused, but were able to answer the question. With time, students furnished thoughtful responses to ‘next steps’, showing positive resilience and growth mindset (comfort in taking a risk or grappling with a questions they are unsure of.) This demonstrated students’ growth mindset; no student was without a plan. We have traditionally been strong academically; however, we wanted to utilize the Spirals of Inquiry to investigate how the students view themselves as learners.