As part of our quest toward deeper learning, we are in the process of establishing a Makerspace in our school. The idea of the Makerspace stems from providing students with opportunities to imagine, create, innovate, experiment, collaborate, share, and learn. Creating a Makerspace supports the importance of hands-on, student-centered, meaningful learning and embraces the knowledge that students learn through exploration and discovery. True learning is a continuous cycle of curiosity, investigation, experimentation, research, and reflection, all of which are key… Read More
At Landmark Collegiate we want to develop important life and career skills to help our students be successful after graduation. On our first day of school this year we focused on exploring these skills with our students to help them develop a better understanding of them. Communication and Collaboration To explore communication and collaboration students were tasked to stack 6 cups as a group without touching the cups directly. They had strings, an elastic band and teamwork to help them… Read More
This year the grade 8 students have been learning science and social studies through the inquiry process.They have also incorporated ELA into their inquiry to give students real-world applications for their ELA skills. Through the inquiry process they have been focusing on not just the content but also skill development. They are using the content as the vehicle to drive the development of important skills such as; inquiry, research, critical thinking, communication, planning, revision and reflection. Last month they were working through the inquiry process with… Read More
The grade 10 Geography students decided to do a citizenship project that focused on raising money for Fort McMurray. Students raised money by helping out people in the community, whether that was their neighbor or their parents, or one of the teachers in the school. The students really learned what it’s like to be a citizen of Canada by helping out one of our neighboring provinces in a time of crisis and tragedy. The students ended up raising $240 that… Read More
Beginning on April 28, 2016, Landmark Collegiate will facilitate a community engagement through the online group insight platform, Thoughtexchange. We invite all parents/guardians of children attending our school to take part in this unique and exciting opportunity to share their thoughts. Contribute to the conversation, and help our school identify community-shared priorities, appreciations, and concerns. The results of this engagement will help inform future decisions at the school and divisional levels. Participation is voluntary but as our partners in the… Read More
A group of grade 8 students planned and implemented a fundraiser for Siloam Mission during their learning in our Learning Project class. Siloam Mission serves 1 million cups of coffee every year, but coffee isn’t donated often. So they developed a plan to have a coffee drive last week at LC. Students organized everything from communication with staff to a prize incentive to help peak student interest. With the donations of coffee and money we were able to collect 14 containers… Read More
The Grade 11 class went on two field trips as a part of their learning about Human Rights in Canada.
Their first visit was to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where students interacted with hands on exhibits, and participated in discussions and activities promoting awareness of human rights violations in Canada’s past. Students were challenged to consider how we are working towards a more just future.
Ten students also visited a Hutterite colony school to learn more about the contributions minority groups have made to Canadian society. It was interesting seeing how Hutterites structure their community, make decisions as a group and learning about their history here in Manitoba. The highlight of the day was meeting members of their community; talking with people and seeing how their culture is similar to our own.
These trips helped students understand the society they live in and how they can contribute as active members of their communities now and in the future.
A child entering school today will graduate from high school into a very different world. Simply knowing facts will have little value. Preparing students for the 21st century while working within an educational model developed for the 19th century is a challenge. Educators, parents and businesses are realizing that the education system needs to evolve and change if it is going to prepare students to be effective contributors in our society. The following 11 minute Ted Talk gives an excellent summary of this.
Schools and school divisions everywhere around the world are looking to change how school is done. A growing emphasis is about helping students learn how to learn. The world is changing faster than ever and it will not slow down. Helping our students to adapt to that changing world has to be a focus for schools.
Our vision for learning at Landmark Collegiate has stemmed from two years of research, collaboration, and professional development. LC is looking to make changes that reflect a growing emphasis on how learners learn, rather than only on what they learn. As a staff we have explored and discussed how we learn, why we learn, what motivates us to learn, and what should we learn. We have tried to identify the “skills, knowledge, attitudes and dispositions” that we want from our students long after they have graduated from high school and how we can play a significant role in developing those attributes.
This year teachers at LC will, at times, be engaging their students in Project – Based Learning. In a PBL classroom, the learner is involved in the inquiry process from the very beginning. Learners are immersed in an inquiry experience that gets them thinking about and questioning the topic. The learners work with their teacher to come up with strong, driving questions that will guide their learning. Not only are they learning content and concepts relevant to them, but they are also gaining skills in what many are calling the 6 C’s for the 21st century.
Character education— honesty, self-regulation and responsibility, perseverance, empathy for contributing to the safety and benefit of others, self-confidence, personal health and well-being, career and life skills.
Citizenship — global knowledge, sensitivity to and respect for other cultures, active involvement in addressing issues of human and environmental sustainability.
Communication — communicate effectively orally, in writing and with a variety of digital tools; listening skills.
Critical thinking and problem solving — think critically to design and manage projects, solve problems, make effective decisions using a variety of digital tools and resources.
Collaboration — work in teams, learn from and contribute to the learning of others, social networking skills, empathy in working with diverse others.
Creativity and imagination — economic and social entrepreneurialism, considering and pursuing novel ideas, and leadership for action
If students could graduate with a strong foundation in these skills, they will be better prepared for the 21st century.
Throughout the year we intend to provide further information to parents of our attempt to make school more relevant, meaningful and enjoyable for all learners. Parents are always welcome to come in and have a conversation with us.
The grade seven classes get to discover their creative side by building structures made out of Keva planks. Each Keva plank is the same size and students create structures by stacking them. There’s no need for glue or connectors as it’s a balancing act of force. Dylan M. figured out how to put together a library scene while Larissa H., Katelyn B. and Mercede L. mastered the spiral. Matt K. creates complicated structures and towers changing up his designs daily. Rory S. attempted the tallest tower to date, by trying to reach the ceiling. Rachel P. enjoys making gravity coasters that allows a ping pong ball to roll along. The planks are being used on a daily basis, at lunch, at break and during free time. They are a big hit!!!