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

We believe:

  • 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.