Monthly Archives: September 2015
In the days leading up to the new school year there was excitement and nerves in the air. As the year began this past Tuesday at Countryside Village we were preparing for uncertainty but also for a period of constant change as the neighbourhood we are the hub for continues to be settled into.
My nerves were getting the better of me because I was starting the year with a class unlike last year and I was excited because the staff and I were starting the year with the group of kids that would eventually follow us to the “Countryside” that would be built in their neighbourhood. These would be the kids that would get the full experience of learning in an inquiry based school from K through 8.
Many have heard of but may not entirely have an understanding of the inquiry based learning model. It is certainly not a new way of teaching however, at Countryside our vision is to see all students become involved in a process where they formulate questions, investigate to find answers, build new understandings, meanings and knowledge, and then communicate their learnings to others.
From Kindergarten to Grade 8, our students will explore various topics of interest to themselves and their classmates which are connected to curricular expectations. I myself, was excited to led my group of 7s down the pathway of many inquiries this year as individuals, in small groups and collaboratively amongst other groups within and outside our school.