(Key Question: What is our learning purpose?)
(Key Question: What does that look like in practice?)
We come together as a committed, inclusive community of students, parents, teachers, staff and leaders, in order to prepare for a world that changes with unprecedented speed. Our approaches to learning ground us in the knowledge base of the traditional disciplines. Upon this foundation we build the critical thinking skills and creativity necessary for realising opportunities, adapting to change and developing a personal moral compass.
ISU LEARNING PRINCIPLES
(Key Question: What we believe about the way students learn)
1. Learning is inclusive:
- providing meaningful, challenging and relevant learning for a diverse community
- empowering self reliance, independence, confidence and grounded in a sense of belonging
- when students see themselves as part of the learning process.
- taking into account different learning styles
- it is culturally sensitive.
2. Learning is Inquiry Driven:
- is conceptual - developing an understanding of transferable concepts
- is engaging and of interest to us
- is active and hands on
- when we make a personal connection to the topic.
3. Learning is creative and challenging:
- innovative and progressive, preparing students for the future
- ensures that everyone meets their own potential
- ensures a strong grounding in traditional disciplines
- uses a variety of resources to foster creativity and challenge thinking.
4. Learning is enhanced by our environment:
- the learning environment (physical, social and emotional) is safe and inclusive of all
- our sense of community is valued and promoted
- all relationships within our community are respectful of individual differences and promote individual growth
- we learn from, and share our knowledge and expertise with the local and global community
- we value and care for the natural environment
- learning is a partnership between the home and school.
5. Learning is both social and independent:
- it demands collaboration, cooperation and communication while thoughtfully considering the ideas of others.
- communication is open and respectful
- learners have opportunities to independently question, evaluate and reflect on their own thinking and work.
- students learn how to choose when it is appropriate to work independently and when to collaborate with others.
6. Learning builds moral character:
- helping students develop a sense of integrity and responsibility to themselves and others
- students are encouraged to have the courage to stand up for their convictions and their beliefs.
7. Learning is reflective:
- teaching is responsive to the learners’ needs
- learners give and receive frequent, quality and constructive feedback that leads to further learning
- learners are challenged to reflect on our learning experiences and take action on feedback
- learners are responsible for their own learning
- we acknowledge our successes as well as our mistakes and shortcomings.
8. Learning is Lifelong:
- Students are equipped with skills and strategies to access opportunities and resources in an ever-changing world.
- Teachers foster and encourage curiosity and the love of learning
- Teachers provide opportunities for self directed learning.
Our Mission, Vision and Learning Principles guide all that we do at ISU.