Overall Expecatations of the Course:
Because students learn in a variety of ways, teachers must accommodate various learning styles in their teaching. Students must be given opportunities that account for a broad range of human potential, including brainstorming, experimenting, discussing, debating, interviewing, researching, role playing, designing, and constructing. In the Learning Support classroom, the use of assistive technology helps students to identify and develop their ideas for writing, discussion, presentations, and media products, as well as learning skills, personal knowledge and management skills, interpersonal knowledge and skills, and exploration of opportunities. Students work both independently on many assigned tasks and also have frequent opportunities to collaborate with peers in small groups. Teachers must develop and utilize a full repertoire of teaching skills: planning, organizing, presenting, demonstrating, instructing, questioning, explaining, modelling, problem solving, assessing, and evaluating. The Learning Strategies course is altered to suit the individual needs of the learner, which is reflected in the student’s Individual Education Plan.
Students final report card grade will be based on the evidence provided of these overall curriculum expectations:
• identify and use a variety of literacy skills and strategies to improve reading, writing, and oral communication in everyday contexts;
• identify and use a variety of numeracy skills and strategies to improve their practical application of mathematics in everyday con texts;
• demonstrate an understanding of learning skills and strategies required for success in school. Personal Knowledge and Management Skills
• apply knowledge of their personal skills and learning strengths to develop strategies for success in secondary school;
• identify and describe personal-management skills required for success, and explain their use to help maximize learning;
• demonstrate the use of personal-management skills and strategies to enhance learning. Interpersonal Knowledge and Skills
• identify and describe the knowledge and skills necessary for successful interpersonal relations and teamwork;
• assess their interpersonal and teamwork skills and strategies, and explain how those skills requiring further development affect their learning;
• demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate interpersonal and teamwork skills in a variety of learning environments.