Engage through rigour

Name of School:

Meadowbrook

Our school is considered:

middle

In five words or less, describe your prototype

Engage students through challenging work

Insert an image that showcases your prototype.

How might we?:

How might we leverage authentic experiences, community experts and student and staff passions? How do we build foundational skills (both academic and social) so students can engage with meaningful tasks?


Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.


What We Tried:

With many engaging activities and courses in our CTF and Arts courses, including Experiential Learning Week, Meadowbrook will attempt to build on engagement through rigorous and researched supported instruction to build foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. These programs will be done collaboratively with embedded time for teachers to plan as they use Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Writer’s Workshop, and Meadowbrook’s numeracy intervention.


What we kept our eyes on:


An initial metric of student attendance and student behaviours/discipline.

Completion rate of meaningful learning tasks in a timely manner.

The development and opportunities for student showcases and events.


How we documented our results:


Internal viewing of student attendance and discipline

Use of PowerSchool to track assignments completed on time

Anecdotal conversations with students and parents

PAT data

Alberta Education and RVS survey data

What we learned:


Creating small groups (through LLI) in classrooms has increased student engagement,  reduced unwanted student behaviour. Anecdotal conversations with students led to them saying that Students often staid that "the best part of their day was during the LLI blocks". With this in mind, we feel that utilizing small groups in Meadowbrook's numeracy intervention(s) and Writer's Workshop approaches will create similar engagement and reaction from students. 

Meadowbrook needs to offer greater feedback in assessments, including immediate feedback in small group settings, for student' skills to be improved and for teacher's next instructional steps to be identified.

Our next steps:

Continue to focus on building foundational literacy and numeracy skills

Continue to build teacher capacity through training in LLI, Writer's Workshop and our Math Intervention model.

Continue to balance this with creating authentic meaningful tasks in ELW, CTF and core courses.