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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A New School Schedule that Promotes Well-Being and Engagement

By Dean Van Doleweerd Assistant Head: Academics As we work to finalize a new schedule for Lakefield College School for 2020/21, there are a number of important changes we will make to ensure we have a design which places our students at its centre. A student-centred learning schedule must help deliver the learning outcomes outlined in our strategic plan by maximizing engaged learning time, facilitating student well-being, adding flexibility and choice, and providing more opportunities for authentic learning.  One important change in accomplishing these goals is to reduce the number of subjects being studied at any one time. Currently, our students rotate their study among up to eight courses at once; the new schedule will see that number significantly reduced. Coupled with the reduced number of subjects being studied at one time is the general lengthening of class periods from 70 minutes to 90-95 minute sessions.   Why make these changes? No academic schedule…

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