Dover Bay Learning 8
We've created this website for students and parents of Dover Bay Secondary School Grade 8 to help answer all the questions that come up during the transition to high school.
Our goal is to build a community of learners that includes staff, students, parents and organizations from the community. We are dedicated to helping students build life-long learning skills. To make this possible, we:
- solve complex problems together
- reflect on our care and concerns for others
- explore cross-curriculum content through relevant, real-life inquiry
- use a variety of learning strategies
- focus on critical and creative thinking, communication, and personal and social responsibilities
- have fun!
Our team of teachers in the grade 8 program believes in whole-child education including character education, a growth mindset, meta-cognition of learning, self-advocacy, as well as developing core and curricular competencies as set out by the Ministry of Education.
Values of an Ideal Learner
- in building a community to make learning a safe and powerful activity.
- community depends on common language around the habits of work and learning in all classrooms.
- students need to play a role in building the common language of community so they can invest in its future.
- the work we do around community in Grade 8 needs to follow the continuum underway in elementary school and most especially, the continuum of work and learning habit language in grades 9 through 12.
- the BC curriculum's Core Competencies offer this continuum and reflect our on-going effort to focus on the whole student across the curriculum as well as students’ ownership of learning.
- students need to take ownership of the process of learning.
- in the power of a growth mindset which says all students are capable of learning and growth, and that with perseverance and effort, all students are capable of academic achievement.
- immersing students in the growth mindset and reinforcing their approach to learning with grit and determination because they will grow in ways they never thought possible.