Shortreed Staff Inquiry Questions 2014-15
Langley School District has initiated a new way for school staff to meet and collaborate. Collaboration mornings are the days our students arrive for a 10am start. Each staff member has designed an inquiry question – something they want to find out about…something that will impact learning positively. Once individual questions had been formed, like minded inquiries were combined allowing for a collaborative approach to learning.
Here are our questions (January 2015):
- How to learn more about speech, articulation and implementing R&R so as to benefit all students we work with?
- How can small group/Guided Math instruction improve student achievement in Math?
How can the use of technology support struggling math learners in a small group instruction?
Can having math games once a week improve student achievement?
- What after-school programs would benefit our students?
- How can we better engage our students in deeper conversations and create deeper connections to what being Aboriginal means in today’s world for today’s Aboriginal students?
- Will doing ‘Do the Math’ Number Core with Grade 2 students help develop solid numeracy skills?
- Can ‘Do the Math’ Number Core along with a focus on number sense make a long term difference in our students math achievement?
- How can we use guided math to support our Kindergarten learners?
- Given the resources we have, how can we decrease the number of students requiring pull-out support? (Effectively inverting the pyramid of support back onto its solid foundation).
- How can we best lead the creation of a collaborative learning environment so that the essence/culture of Shortreed becomes a place where staff and students are seen as learners (‘At Shortreed we are all learners’)?
- How can I be more effective as a counsellor with the limited time I have: As a group of school counsellors, we’ve been working on priorities and how to work with students more effectively given the huge pressures placed on them. There is a lot of interest in focusing on non-verbal therapy (for example sand tray therapy) as well as trauma informed practice. The conversations and sharing of skills and resources has been extremely valuable for the team.