Click 2019-2020 Class Meeting Schedule to see our bell schedule for the week. Our schedule includes a Collaboration block on Thursdays.
What is Collaboration?
Every Thursday there is a 35 minute collaboration period. During this time all grade 9 and 10 students are assigned to a classroom to engage in homework, studies, and seek additional support on their course materials. Attendance will be taken – you will note “Assigned Time” on student schedules under period 7. A teacher will be present in every collaboration room, along with a peer tutor. There are 2 specialty rooms with several peer tutors: Room 316 for Math/Sciences; Room 309 for English/Socials.
Students in grades 11 and 12 who are not peer tutors may work in the library, cafeteria, or a few designated classrooms. They can also drop in to the specialty rooms.
Teachers also use this time to collaborate.
Why are we doing this?
The purpose is to increase our effectiveness in helping all students learn, and to provide structured time for them to either collaborate with other students or to catch up on homework, study for tests, etc. As well, at certain times throughout the year, all students will participate in grade-wide presentations on a variety of topics. It is commonly assumed that the primary purpose of school is to ensure that children are taught, but Learning Communities go beyond this to ensure that all students are learning and are given the skills to “learn how to learn.” This remains our goal.
Teachers planning and collaborating together on a regular basis within school hours leads to improved teaching strategies and assessment, smoother transitions between courses, and more effective programs. By adjusting the timetable to allow for greater collaboration among staff, our school can better meet the challenge of continual improvement as we transition to the new curriculum.