E-portfolios can capture students’ experiences in the classroom, help develop their learning skills and allow them to take ownership of their learning experience. These are the Grade 9 Portfolio Project findings from a series of CCBE workshops run by Trish Cislak, Head of Libraries and Research at Crescent, and Upper School learning support specialist Rob Messenger.
“Learning a language is so much more than just words and grammar. It provides access to an entire culture,” says Lower School French teacher Claire Pilaprat, who shares this philosophy with fellow French teacher Janine Morcos.
“The SPARC experience has been so rewarding,” says student Max Fowler. “We students had full control over something that we really care about, the wellbeing of our wonderful school.” Fowler was one of 11 participants, all in Grade 10, in a year-long collaborative research project focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
Educators are in the midst of a challenging yet exhilarating time. For the past 15 months, we have sought to provide a continuous, flexible teaching and learning environment that prioritizes wellbeing and connection for our boys. It has never been more pressing to partake in what Dr. Michael Reichert calls, “the vitality of the process of inquiry”. To do this, we must examine what external resources are available and explore questions for answers we do not have. These two things together determine the best teaching and learning practices for our students.