Our Learning & Actions for 2018-19
At JN Burnett Secondary, we continue to enhance student learning by providing our school community - students, staff, and parents - opportunites to provide us feedback on how to best implement the redesigned curriculum. The most effective learners set personal learning goals, employ proven strategies, and self-assess their work. Teachers help cultivate such habits of mind by modeling self-assessment and goal setting and by expecting students to apply these habits regularly. Learning is enhanced when it is more like a team effort than a solo race. Good learning, like good work, is collaborative and social, not competitive and isolated. Working with others often increases involvement in learning. Sharing one’s own ideas and responding to others’ reactions improves thinking and deepens understanding.
What will we do to enhance our students’ learning?
- continue our work with our core competencies reflection strategies.
- share strategies at staff meeting and Professional Development Days.
- continue our discussions about our delivery model of Career Life Education and Career Life Connections.
- continue lessons on mindfulness, growth mindset, perseverance, and grit.
- support each student and specific groups of students, including Aboriginal students, children in care, and students with special needs.
Our Evidence for 2018-19
- During our Fall 2018 Professional Developement Days, our staff focused our discussions on the following inquiry question: How are we employing our District's Vision, Mission, and Value Statements to engage and enhance student voice and learning at Burnett?
Vision: The Richmond School District is the best place to learn and lead.
Mission: The Richmond School District's mission is to cultivate a safe, accepting and engaging community that inspires a passion for lifelong learning.
Values: The values that will guide our work together to achieve our vision and mission are: collaboration, creativity, curiosity, resilience, respect and equity, for all.
- A Flexible Learning Time and Collaboration Time Task Force was established at Burnett
- Staff engaged in powerful discussions about activating student voice and ownership of their learning.
- Staff consulted our PAC on the principles of Flex Time and proposed a 4-week pilot schedule.
- Staff consulted our PAC on the implementation of Collaboration Time at Burnett Secondary for the Fall of 2019.
- Burnett launched a 4-week pilot of Burnett Learning Time.
- Students, staff, and parents provided feedback on the effectiveness of Burnett Learning Time to be a valuable opportunity for students to learn in various ways, seek extra help, provide for enrichment opportunities and optional class extensions. Burnett Learning Time will provide students the opportunity to organize and manage their time between their work and interests with the support of our teachers and educational assistants.
- Burnett launched a second 8-week pilot of Burnett Learning Time until the end of June 2019.
- Students, staff, and parents were again provided the opportunity to provide feedback on the effectiveness of Burnett Learning Time.
- There was overwhelming consensus for the continuation of Burnett Learning Time for 2019 – 2020.
- Our Collaboration Time Committee also presented their proposal for the implementation of collaboration time to the Board of Education. The Board unanimously approved the proposal.