Our Mission and Vision Statement
Langdon School is dedicated to empower our students, parents, and staff to create a school community whereby confident, self-aware individuals strive to be resilient, adaptable, and accountable while caring for their personal well-being.
We are committed to transforming the lives of our students by providing an engaging classroom experience that equips, inspires and compels contribution in 21st Century culture. Our goal is to create an environment of mutual respect that fosters the development of the whole child through positive role modeling, healthy relationships, consistency, and accountability.
- Creating a safe environment of mutual trust and respect is a priority
- Students need to be resilient and adaptable to grow academically and socially
- Students are engaged in their studies when it is meaningful, well crafted and applicable
- In setting high-standards academically to bring about future success
- We believe in building independent, confident, and self-aware individuals
- All stakeholders can be positive role models for healthy relationships
- The modeling of positive relationships and consistent expectations allows for clear targets for students
- We believe In the hallmarks of the 21st Century Learner
- Through constant research and growth, we believe that teachers, students and the community will achieve planned goals
- Reflection and accountability allows students to grow in maturity
What is the Pit Stop
We want to empower our students to take ownership of their education, this can occur on many levels. This year we introduced the PIT Stop into our community. The PIT Stop is defined as, Personal Intervention and Tutoring. It is an area where students can come and receive academic assistance during class time. It is open to the entire school and students can access the area whenever needed. This room is staffed with teachers and resource aids. We have found that the walls of stigma have fallen down when it comes to students seeking extra help. There are times in a student’s life where they need a place other than the classroom to slow down the pace, and receive some assistance in a more directed fashion. Students can ask the teacher to go to this room or a teacher can send a student down for a specific purpose, this is the Intervention aspect, where a teacher may ask that a student receives intense work on a specific concept for a set time and then reintegrates into the class setting. The statistics of students, who have sought this assistance in a self-directed manner, is fantastic. As students become more self-aware of what they require, this area will continue to serve their needs.
21st Century and Culture Block
This past year we have been developing a 21st Century Safety course, complementing the one-to-one course used by our grades 8 and 9’s. Though cyber safety and awareness is touched upon in many classes, it is important that we have blocks of time where students can explore, ask questions, and have time to learn about the best ways to operate in the cyber world. We have created a block for all classes for such a course. During this time teachers will also be using the Friends program and/or classroom culture-building activities. There are moments in culture where a specific teaching is required for safe and caring environments, this is one of those times.
21st Century Learning
How do you prepare students for a future which has not yet been created? "Today, schools need to prepare students for more rapid change than ever before, for jobs that have not yet been created, using technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that we don’t yet know will arise" (). How is this possible? Some months back I had an opportunity to hear the CEO of Energy speak about what they are looking for in an employee. I assumed they were going to talk about levels of education, university versus college, students with high intellectual understanding, etc. Rather, they spoke about what we value in education currently. Ideas such as, "graduates who can think and problem solve". For many of us, we are from the generation of knowledge and memorization. Although we had the Internet, knowledge was not as readily assessable to us as it is today. Today we are teaching our students in ways to help them be successful in a future, which seems unknown from a knowledge standpoint. So, what does that mean in our foundations for learning? The foundations remain the same. Our students still require a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. However, they also require a foundation in critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, group problem solving, global awareness, and solid resiliency in the face of failure. What the CEO of Cenovus was pointing out, is the difference between teaching "what to know" versus teaching how to acquire "what you need to know". The attitude of learning is truly life long. I asked the CEO "what do our graduating students need today when they leave high school?", his response was (paraphrased), "they need to know how to learn and how to problem solve. The knowledge aspect of their job will be taught to them, I need to know they have the ability to learn and solve problems of every nature". The balance in education is making sure the foundations and the preparation for the future are working in concert together. This why in RVS you constantly hear us talking about the 21st Century Skills and Universal Learning Environments. During our professional development days we are reading, studying, discussing, and creating, to make Langdon School classrooms the best they can be.
How do we inspire and support children in literacy and numeracy? Over the last 5 years, we have put considerable effort, structure and training into literacy development for our teachers and students, and now we would like to share this spot light with numeracy. Numbers often intimidate students because it is less interpretive, however, the reality of numbers is that we use them all day long. Yes, some students are able to use numbers with great ease, but this is no different than literacy. Over the next 3 years we would like to remove the fear factor of Math. To do this, we can use the strategies of success also found in literacy. Mainly, support those students who are struggling through the use of experts, school initiatives, demystifying the topic, and creating a Booster Class. This class will occur through the entire school where teachers will offer various booster lessons for students both on literacy and math. Students will have an opportunity to choose various booster lessons to aid them in weak areas of understanding. For instance, if a student was not ready to conceptually understand fractions when they were first taught it, this booster class would review and teach that concept, allowing the student to revisit this area. This will work in conjunction with our PIT Stop, whereby students can seek extra help during class time to receive tutoring on a concept they need more time on, or simply need reviewing.