Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)
Our Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) focus at Ridgeview is to build a common language, use tools/strategies and to visually scaffold the learning (Learn Like A Dragon) to specifically support student’s abilities to improve and articulate their creative and critical thinking skills (Core Competencies).
We have moved away from the Learner Profiles towards the mandated and refreshed BC Core Competencies (Thinking, Communication and Personal and Social Awareness), specifically Creative and Critical Thinking Competencies (see poster). We also have embedded how teachers can facilitate these skills and how students can gauge their understanding of the Thinking Learning Targets (“I can…” statements) by using our assessment inquiry approach of “Learn Like A Dragon” (see poster). By building in common language for all grades and by making thinking visible, we want students to be able to address three essential questions while engaging and improving their creative and critical thinking skills:
1) What do I know and wonder? (Head)
2) How do I feel about this? (Heart)
3) What action steps will I take? (Feet)
In addition to our “Learn Like A Dragon” inquiry assessment approach, we are also using the “Learning Arrow” as a reflective tool to monitor student progress/class progress towards a Thinking Learning Targets (Creative or Critical) that is being embedded into the learning of the Big Ideas/Concepts in the curriculum