After surveying the students utilizing the “Spirals of Inquiry” template, the school has refocused its goal to concentrate on Social Emotional Learning and Self-Regulation to support the Core Competency of Social Responsibility and Personal Awareness & Responsibility. Utilizing the story line by the author, Carol McCloud, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” Using this text as a starting point it builds upon our school Matrix of “S.T.A.R” behaviour. Safe – Thoughtful-Accepting and Responsible.
During the current year in navigating COVID-19, we again surveyed our students' with a Talemy "S.T.A.R." Check-up. Our survey encompassed both Social Emotional Learning and referenced the Core Competencies. The results confirmed our hunch as to the importance of being purposeful in developing classroom and school wide methods of enhancing and developing community so as to make everyone feel safe and secure in returning to the classroom. The survey also provided the staff with a reference to our committment to on-line Communicating Student Learning via the student portal and ePortfolios. This was a substantial professional growth opportunity for staff to undertake a new method of documenting student learning, while also under the new organization standards of "Cohorts" and required Public Health guidelines.
As described at the year end Webinar, a Grade 7 student reflects upon her 8 years as a member of the Talmey Learning Community:
"In the past year and a half learning has become very different, I know that from experience it wasn’t the easiest to convert to online school and even how the school is being done now. During online school and starting in September 2020 I have felt extra thankful for how kind the Talmey community has been and my teachers Ms. Feng and Mr. Snyder have been very patient and helpful. In the past year and a half, my mind has not only grown academically but my mindset has also changed, especially in the way I view the world around me."