One of our school goals is to increase student engagement as we work within the framework of BC's curriculum, particularly around Core Competencies as well as Approaches to Learning (ATLs) as an International Baccalaureate school.
Over the past year, our focus has been on building the Personal and Social competency, working purposely to emphasize Social Emotional Learning (SEL) within our school community. We have been looking at ways to support our students with exercising self-direction and self-management in their learning. We initiated a pilot project from January to June, 2019 around Personal Learning Time (PLT). This focused instructional time is for students to seek academic support, work on projects (i.e. passion projects in specific subject areas, MYP Personal Project), engage in collaborative learning, or a myriad of other opportunities.
Through PLT, students will be able to acess support during the school day. We believe that PLT will encourage a healthy school/life balance as many of our Boyd students are balancing a number of extra-curricular activities and out of school commitments. In April, 2019, students, staff, and parents were surveyed about PLT and our school moved forward with full implementation for the 2019/20 school year.
For the current school year, we will further examine the Personal and Social competency by asking students about their connectedness and feelings of belonging through an equity framework. Quantitative data will be gathered through the means of a survey, with further qualitative data being gathered through focus groups.