Home Learning



*Our Mission

Through outstanding teaching in a nurturing environment, ISB inspires students to:

  • achieve their academic potential

  • be passionate, reflective learners

  • become caring global citizens

  • lead healthy, active and balanced lives

*What research suggests and the agreements that flow from that!

*Our own practices and beliefs

What Do We Want the Children We Teach to be Like When They are Adults?

The Residuals of Education:

  • Curious
  • Inquisitive
  • Responsible
  • Skeptical
  • Independent
  • Balanced
  • Open-Minded
  • Listeners
  • Adventurous
  • Strategic
  • Inventive
  • Original
  • Metacognitive
  • Creative
  • Flexible
  • Compassionate
  • Reflective
  • Questioning
  • Risk-takers
  • Truth Seekers
  • Mindful
  • Considerate

So...How Do Schools Help them Get There?

We tell a story of learning to our students every day.

What messages and values are being conveyed in our Homework & Home Learning practices?

A Culture of "Work"

The language of work

  • homework, seat work, class work, workbooks…

  • The word “work” is used more than the word “learning” in classrooms!

Students’ perceptions

  • Students predominately see their classrooms and schools as work orientated

A New Story ~ Working Towards A Culture of Thought

For example

While reading the text please find a:

  • Sentence that was meaningful to you, that you felt captures a core idea of the text

  • Phrase that moved, engaged, or provoked you

  • Word that captured your attention or struck you as powerful

Bottom Line

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question.

However in our classroom my role is to empower students to take charge of their own learning. They will learn to plan ahead, to be flexible and to be thoughtful about how they approach their learning.

Please stay tuned to a new home learning approach next week. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me.

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