‘Through a Different Lens’ is a BC Okanagan-Skaha school district-wide initiative to improve learning for those students most at risk. Educators are collaborating to investigate flexible instructional and assessment strategies without compromising standards. Through the process, they are finding that everyone benefits.
In 2011, a team of teachers led by Judith King and Naryn Searcy in BC’s Okanagan-Skaha school district came together and formed a professional inquiry research group. They called their initiative the ‘Through a Different Lens’ Project. This group of teachers sought to change their teaching methods in order to improve student engagement and achievement. They had a special focus on students who were considered “at risk”. The three areas the group explored included:
The teachers involved in the initiative noted the following:
After 2 years of this inquiry research, the results were very positive and dramatic for both students and teachers alike. Teachers in this inquiry group found there were improvements for students in many areas:
Teachers in this project really valued the monthly meetings that allowed them to connect, share and collaborate on teaching strategies. Teachers reported they felt supported in their own learning community and they brought the resulting increase in confidence back to their own classrooms.
To read about the efforts and experiences of the Okanagan-Skaha school district teachers, visit their blog at http://differentlensblog.blogspot.ca/
This video highlights the “Through a Different Lens Project” initiative. Teachers involved in the project highlight how the initiative has changed how they teach and how the positive results they see in their students encourages them to continue to expand and try new strategies.