The Five Goals are what gives SAGE its purpose and direction. They represent the common values that unite a diverse group of families and help us to create a community. More importantly, they provide a rich context in which to teach the Ontario Curriculum in a manner that brings the meaning and value of education home to students.
To ensure parents and teachers form an active partnership in a learning community.
- Create an atmosphere in which all parents feel free to contribute ideas and skills.
- Use parent participation on a regular basis as an integral part of program delivery.
- Require active parent participation, e.g. working with students, support services, special events, executive/committee work.
- Have teachers facilitate parent involvement.
- Have executive committee that ensures parents understand their commitment.
- Organize family socials, parent education nights.
- Increased adult-to-child ratio means more individual attention for students.
- Increased parent involvement expands pool of resources to enrich educational program.
- Better teacher/parent communication.
To use innovative teaching methods to deliver the Provincial curriculum.
- Use teaching methods which foster a child’s interests and love of learning.
- Use a variety of teaching methods and styles to deliver the core subjects.
- Focus on each child’s abilities and strengths.
- Encourage a child’s sense of ownership and accomplishment for their learning.
- Integrated, holistic learning.
- Individualized learning.
- Experiential learning, e.g. learning through play.
- Multiple learning styles, e.g. kinaesthetic, visual.
- Blend structured teaching, learning centres and child-initiated study.
- Innovative teaching methods enhance a child’s development, socially, physically, and intellectually, and allow discovery of the world around them through experiment and experience.
- Child-led learning allows the child to share responsibility for future educational success.
To create a strong sense of co-operation and community between families, children and school.
- Foster a caring, respectful, and safe environment for learning.
- Foster a learning environment where co-operation is valued over competition. To celebrate diversity within the community.
- Create a positive and respectful working relationship with the larger community.
- To implement a school-wide model of conflict resolution and anti-racist/anti-bullying programs.
- To implement community building projects e.g. plant-a-tree initiatives, fundraising for food banks, open houses.
- Exposure to different cultural experiences e.g. foods, customs, traditions and different groups in community e.g. seniors.
- Children learn to support their peers in the learning process.
- Children learn how to deal with conflict in an effective manner.
- Children feel a connection to a larger community beyond their immediate family.
- Children learn an appreciation for the diversity of their community.
- The Innovative program is more visible in community.
To incorporate global education into the school community.
- Implement a strong environmental science (ecology) program.
- Foster student awareness of ecological and social responsibility.
- Foster social responsibility and awareness so that children can be active citizens in their community.
- School wide recycling/composting program.
- Environmental audits, garbageless lunches.
- Celebrate international days, e.g. Earth Day, World Food Day.
- School wide units, e.g. Black History, Peace.
- Children are directly involved in activities that are environmentally friendly..Children learn that classroom materials e.g. paper are a product that comes from nature and should be conserved.
- Children learn they can contribute to the development of an equitable and healthy community.
- Children recognize that they can make a difference.
To foster an appreciation of the arts and recreation.
- To foster children’s creativity, imagination and self-expression.
- To develop an appreciation of different forms of art – music, literature, visual arts, developmental drama, theatre, oral tradition.
- To use art as a learning tool within core subject areas.
- Incorporate music, song, simple instruments, and movement.
- Provide opportunities to explore art through field trips, class visitors, and guest artists.
- Provide opportunities to explore different arts e.g. pottery, painting.
- Incorporate art forms into lesson plans; e.g. drama, dance, art journal.
- Encourage a physically active learning environment e.g. games, dance, hiking.
- Artistic learning supports a well-rounded intellectual development.
- The arts provide a positive way for children to express their emotions and physical energy.
- Children understand that the arts are another way of communicating meaning.
- Children are exposed to alternative teaching methods (right brain vs. left brain thinking).