A note about the learning and teaching process as students wind up this semester

A note about the learning and teaching process as students wind up this semester

Our goal is to empower all our students in all grades and courses in learning and assessment in a meaningful and effective manner.  Your role is to manage your time wisely, identify ways you learn best and reach to demonstrate your understanding. Calculate how many weeks left before you must finish the course and divide up by weeks what you have left to complete in your course. Commit to the schedule.

We believe at Palliser Beyond Borders that the learning and teaching process consists of 6 stages:

instruction, learning, feedback and formative assessment, opportunity for students to improve and bump up understanding of concepts New Learning finished 2 weeks before exams Review of course materials and participation in diploma reviews before summative assessments and diploma exams.

For student success: This process must happen before students complete summative assessments so students have every opportunity to enrich understanding before final assessments. For this reason we do not want students to expect that they can submit a whole course the night before an exam or diploma exam and accept that it is ok to “take the bad mark”. We feel bad if students don’t do well on exams and want to support every effort for students to demonstrate their very best understanding in our courses. Students are beginning to understand this process and with parent support we are seeing improved results in course marks and final assessments.

Course Reviews: The discrepancy between our diploma marks and course marks closed quite significantly for those students who wrote diplomas in April. The common factor was that students made sure they had the time to participate in diploma course reviews either online or face to face. Part of our course expectations is for students to attend these course reviews. Review dates are posted on our website http://palliserbeyondborders.com/current-students/high-school-information/diploma-exam-information

Finishing your course on time by meeting posted deadlines: If students do not meet the deadline dates for completing courses particularly for diploma courses, students must plan to write the diploma in the next cycle or complete the course in summer school. We want you to have the review time you need after teacher assessment is complete to ensure you are ready for the summative assessment.  If you need help or additional support, please contact your teacher.

Best regards,

Alison Hancox, MET

Principal, Palliser Beyond Borders

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A new strategy that I learned and want to use is to strive to improve and to act on the feedback that is given to me to help me improve my learning.

Sara,, Grade 11

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