Since the beginning of February 2020, SPS has intentionally embarked on a process to improve the teaching and learning for all students. Beginning with the sudden transition to a remote platform, the teachers developed skills in curriculum implementation that encouraged us all to reconsider the methods we had relied on prior to that point. A dedication to professional development around effective teaching practices, specifically small group instruction and questioning in the classroom, occurred leading up to this point, but we began to place greater emphasis on meeting a wider range of learners, all of whom had returned from three and a half months of online learning. Differentiation techniques, ongoing assessment, and benchmarking standards led to a greater efficiency in student learning. Formative assessments, feedback, and observation of engagement in classroom behaviors was also begun with consideration to the learning outcomes of each student. Continued observations provided feedback for teachers regarding classroom methods as well as the effectiveness of each instructional practice. This loop has served both the students in their learning and the teachers in their instruction.
Teach Every Student; provide an environment which is conducive to learning as well as engaging, joyful, and developmentally appropriate.
Key Instructional Habits
- Student-Teacher Relationships (SEL)
- Instructional methods – developing and supporting teachers in delivery of content
- Student Centered Learning & Engagement
- Integrated curriculum across the grade levels
Great schools have several things in common. They have a mission that is unapologetically followed and provide two important things to all students: a space that encourages the academic development of children and a supportive community to address the social emotional learning of all. The Academic Purpose of St. Peter’s includes many aspects based on the age and stage of the child, but the following aspects are critical to success for any learning environment and focal points for our instruction: