What I Wish My School Knew

By Sofiia Onopriienko Thinking back on the end of the school year, I am writing this letter inspired by the way my school, Lakefield College School, creates not just the learning space but the atmosphere of a united community, regardless of how many miles away we are from each other. I also want to share how much studying remotely has helped me, not only during the spring, but back in December, when I was away for over a month while trying to combine my passion and my education, and do my absolute best in both fields. This letter is an expression of my gratitude. I want you to know that studying online is not a burden for us, the students. I see it rather as a gift to those of us who are provided additional time to devote to our passions, and for those of us who feel discomfort, as it is truly an opportunity for growth. There have been…

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Remote Learning: Traveling to Rome Without Leaving our Childhood Bedrooms

By Mikayla Stoodley '20 With a global pandemic on the rise, there came the dreaded reality that the world would be temporarily shutting down and with it all schools. As students, we returned to our childhood bedrooms to continue our learning, only this time, it would be done through a screen. Covid-19 has presented many challenges and the idea of completing the school year via our computers was a reality that many of us viewed from a place of fear and bitter indignation. Despite the unprecedented reality of remote learning, our Classical Civilizations class was soon presented with the incredible opportunity to explore a whole new environment through the digital education platform FutureLearn. As a group, we explored a world brought to life by none other than Mathew Nicholls, a Professor of Classics at the University of Reading and Senior Tutor at St John's College, University of Oxford. He is a specialist…

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The Benefits of Cycled Learning: Learning, Resting and Recalling 

By Dean VanDoleweerd Assistant Head: Academics and Heather Avery Associate Head: Strategy In A New School Schedule that Promotes Well-Being and Engagement  we shared some of the work we are doing to finalize a new schedule for Lakefield College School beginning in 2020/21. It includes thinking that emphasizes a student-centred learning approach and schedule that will deliver the learning outcomes outlined in our strategic plan. In it we shared current ideas on how reducing the number of subjects being studied at any one time can provide a better overall learning experience for students. In this week’s article we share how cycled learning--a schedule pattern of studying a subject, shifting away from that subject for a period of time, and then returning to it--may help students to achieve deeper learning outcomes. The Benefits of a Schedule that Permits Cycled Learning The approach of cycled learning is an important feature under consideration…

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