Communicating Student Learning

At the Middle School, there are a few important differences about how we communicate student learning that set us apart and encourage academic rigour.

Reflection

Students regularly reflect on their learning and their experiences at the Middle School. The benefits of reflection are two-fold. First, reflection allows them to better remember what they've learned. Second, reflecting on their experiences is tied directly with their identity adn how they fit into the community, which is crucial at their age.

No Letter Grades

Students at the Middle School don't receive letter or percentage grades on projects, exams, work or report cards. Research shows that letter grades limit a student's potential because they fixate on the letter and ignore any feedback they receive. Instead of letter grades, report cards list learning outcomes and how well students are doing related to each outcome, along with feedback from teachers. With this information, students get into the mindset of "this is whaat I can do to improve." They find out exactly where they are, where they need to go and how to get there. 

Student-Teacher-Parent Conferences

As we want students to use feedback from teachers to set goals, it's important that they are involved in the discussion every step of the way. Student-Teacher-Parent (STeP) conferences put students at the centre of the conversation by having them directly involved. STeP conferences focus on how well students are developing life skills such as resiliency and curiousity. Involving the student means they take ownership of their learning and set goals with the support of their parents and teachers.