Archive for October, 2012

WLE & The BC Education Plan

As many of you may already know, a few months ago, the province of BC came out with a comprehensive plan for Education in the province. And while it has certainly been a lightening rod for much controversy at the political level, here at the school level, there is a lot in this document that is worth exploring and discussing regarding the learning of students.

We have been working at West Langley to move our students forward into the 21st Century using the ideas of engagement, inquiry based learning and empowering technology. We feel we are in line with the direction of the province and more importantly, the real-life needs of children as they progress into adulthood. While a strong foundation of information and skills is a necessary attribute, students need to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn in order to adapt to a world that is changing at a very rapid pace. In using the BC Education Plan as one resource, we feel we are able to truly prepare our students to be successful citizens of our local community and the global world.

If you want to read the entire document, you can click here however I would suggest you watch this short 3 minute video that outlines the plan in a succinct way.  We are interested in your feedback on the BC Education Plan, specifically as it pertains to West Langley and the learning of our students. Please comment below on the following questions:

1. Do you agree that the BC Education Plan has an appropriate view on the direction needed in education in BC?

2. At West Langley, how are we already moving towards 21st century learning skills and attributes for our students?

3. At West Langley, what obstacles do you see as interfering with any progress we need to make to improve learning for our students?

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Welcome to the West Langley Lions Den

This is an interactive website for staff, students, parents and all those that are part of the West Langley community. As we move forward in the 21st Century, it is vital that all of us are working together to help our children receive the best education possible. As a school, we are working towards engaging students through inquiry based learning, empowered by technology. We want to ensure their elementary experience not only prepares them for high school, but for the world that awaits them as an adult.

On a regular basis, we will be posting different articles, videos and questions and we want YOUR thoughts, opinions and feedback. Only with all of us truly invested in the dialogue, can we improve what is already an amazing school. You only need an email to offer a comment. We look forward to having you as part of the conversation.

Doing School Different Instead of Better

Click here for a short video by educational thinker Will Richardson. (Follow Will on Twitter @willrich45).  This is part of a longer Ted Talks presentation he gave (click here for full presentation) talking about the need to do schools differently and not just better. While coming from a US perspective, his thoughts about how information transfer is no longer the primary function of schools has global implications. In fact in his book Why Schools? he questions what role schools will have during a time when information and knowledge is in abundance and at the tip of our fingers.

At West Langley, we are asking ourselves the same question. If students can get information quickly through Google and other sources, how do we then teach them to learn, unlearn and relearn so they can adapt to this changing world. It would be great to get a parent perspective on this important idea.

After you watch the video, we would love for you to post your reactions/feedback/questions below. Simply click on the “leave a comment” box above. You only need an email to reply and all comments are approved by Mr. Davids. We are looking forward to having everyone as part of the conversation.