How might we spark curiosity and excitement in student learning?

Name of School:

Cochrane Christian

Our school is considered:

multi-level

In five words or less, describe your prototype

Student voice, ownership, and instructional design.

Insert an image that showcases your prototype.

How might we?:

1.     How might we spark curiosity and excitement in student learning? (Live writing/numeracy prompts, wonders of creation, projects/showcase/celebrations, empowering writers, IMPACT, Fireplace, Devos.

2.     How might we design instruction for ALL learners to experience success? 

(Learning walks, literacy cross-curricular, numeracy cross-curricular unit planning and PL, inclusion)

3.     How might students use their voice and demonstrate ownership for their learning? 

(student input/feedback conversations + surveys, new media literacy classes, self-reflections/ assessments/ checklists, student leadership)


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.

In the beginning, one of our strategies was to begin exciting school-wide writng prompts. CCA is excited about finding ways to bring joy to our students? writing experiences. One strategy is to have a school-wide writing challenge week using live prompt displays for each term and creating writing displays every month for writing inspiration. A second strategy involves writing like authors and having author focused themes. Our final strategy is to empower writers in authentic ways. Our live writing prompt began last year with one of our amazing teachers? ?The live writing prompt was brought to life last year as my class of grade 4 students needed a way to become excited about their writing during Daily 3 times. Soon, my classroom had transformed into a camping scene, with caution tape, rainbow feathers, vines coming out from the ceiling, and the sounds of crickets and crackling fire. This year the CCA Literacy Team has a goal of making literacy take us to exciting places, thus we have challenged students to take a look at the live, three-dimensional prompt that we have created to inspire their story writing. Each month we are showcasing a different prompt with a new theme! November's prompt featured a locker room full of football equipment, a dog wearing a jersey, and many hidden details to spark the imagination!

Key Question for us is, How might we take writing to exciting places?

  • Debrief the Writing Challenge, and review results, find insights, determine the next steps/tweaks for upcoming school-wide approaches. Focus on formative assessment, so it is less pressure and MORE joyful for everyone!

  • Determine next steps for our goal and strategies...look at our How Might We Questions

  • Consider school-wide approaches that can make literacy visible and exciting - classroom environments, hallways, LC space/tables, etc