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Social Studies

Social Studies Strategies for Optimal Learning

LEARNING PRINCIPLES
The conditions under which optimal learning takes place are observable in our classrooms and confirmed by educational research.  Therefore, as a learning institution, we commit to ensuring learners:

  • understand the purpose and outcomes of their learning as well as the standards required for success
  • transfer their learning to new situations beyond the classroom and school
  • make meaning of content within helpful conceptual frameworks and multiple contexts
  • use feedback to improve products, performances, key skills and transfer of learning
  • self-assess and self-adjust their learning through reflection against rigorous goals
  • construct new knowledge by building on prior knowledge and activating earlier ideas
  • test ideas, take intellectual risks and learn from mistakes in pursuit of understanding
  • experience learning challenges that match their abilities, needs and interests
  • realize that the capacity to learn is not fixed; ability and understanding can always improve