September Classroom Arrangements
The community of learners in an y classroom, combined or single grade, consists of learners with different learning skills, and different linguistic, cultural, and social backgrounds and perspectives, all working together. In effective classrooms, emphasis is placed on creating a learning environment in which differences are regarded as assets. A group of students of different ages can create a classroom rich in academic, social, and emotional strengths. Students begin to see that learning happens over time in different ways for different people, and seeing such variations helps to strengthen the community of learners.
The goal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School is to build a community of learners in every classroom. It is essential to ensure that the best interests of the students are central in all decisions about classroom organization. In order to ensure that the classes consisting of students from more than one grade are balanced, in as many different ways as possible, classroom placement needs to take into consideration various factors just as it does with single-grade classes. Some significant factors include the following:
• Number of students in each grade
• Number of boys and girls in each class
• Social skills of the students (e.g., ability to maintain friendships and to build new friendships)
• Level of student achievement in literacy and numeracy
• Students’ strengths (e.g., degree of independence, ability in problem solving)
• Students’’ needs (e.g., special education needs)
• Students’ interests
The teachers at this school know your children well and will work together to place students with thoughtful care. As always, any information that you can provide about your child and their learning strengths and needs is welcome. If you would like to provide the school with additional insights into your child’s strengths and needs please provide these to Dr. Muise, the school’s principal in a sealed envelope by June 23, 2017. Please note however, that this does not include requests for specific classes or teachers.
Working together, next year can be a year where, once again, each classroom, combined or straight, is a place where students can think, learn, and act guided by the love, justice and humility of Christ.