YATST stands for Youth and Adults Transforming Schools Together. At Otter Valley, there is now a YATST class that meets every other day. We aim to improve the classroom environment to best suit students and teachers together. YATST is based on four R’s, which are Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Responsibility.
Rigor is how much our learning challenges us as individuals. Relevance is finding ways to connect learning to the outside world. Relationships are based on how well students and teachers relate to each other and how strong their connection is. Responsibility should be shared between students and teachers in their learning, in teaching, and in the school community.