Today we put students at West Langley into their classes for the year. There was a lot of excitement as students and teachers began that important relationship that helps guide learning throughout the year. As you can imagine, many of our students are in split classes (70%) and this often creates a bit of a concern for some of our parents.
Last year, Chris Wejr from Kent Elementary wrote a great blog about this topic entitled Split Classes: Will My Child Be Okay? It is a great resource for parents who have concerns about their child being in a split class. He very eloquently outlines many of the same research and philosophies we have here at West Langley when it comes to class composition and putting students in the best learning environment possible. I would encourage you to give it a read.
At West Langley, relationships and learning are what drives us to do what we do everyday. In moving towards our vision of “engaging students in authentic learning empowered by technology” we know that class placement can play a vital role in the success of a student. And when we talk about class placement, what we really mean is the relationship between teacher and student, not necessarily the grade make-up of the room. Students are individual learners and we need to be sure to work towards that end, whether we have a split class or a straight class.
As always, we welcome your comments regarding this topic, or anything related to your child’s learning at West Langley.