The hardest kind of thinking is thinking about thinking. We have had a tough yet valuable week of this in both Math/Sci and Humanities. A fundamental building block of learning is understanding how we learn, our strengths, weaknesses, how we show what we know and things we can do to deepen our understanding. Reflecting on this semester has not been an easy task for students as for many it is a new experience. We encourage you to have conversations with your child this weekend about their learning, their progress this semester and the work they have been doing in class.
Over the course of the year we have regularly referred to the fact that it is important to develop autonomy in our learning so that we can make mistakes, learn from them and then grow stronger and more capable by making different, increasingly positive decisions in the future. We are striving to build a competent group of independent learners in grade four.
We have had a few questions about the student-led interview format this year. For parents to whom this is a new format, student-led interviews are an opportunity for students to showcase their understanding this year and for parents to gain a better understanding of how learning takes shape at CSS. The schedule provides a window within which parents and families can drop in and take the time to get to know what school is like for their child as a learner in our classrooms. The grade four team will be present during these times to engage in quick conversations and answer any questions, however it is not a traditional one-on-one parent meeting. Student-led interviews are meant to foster student voice which we believe is a powerful step in guiding them toward self-awareness and confidence as they grow at CSS.
Have a great snowy weekend!