Learning Plans and Portfolios

 

What is a Student Learning Plan?

+ Every family will meet with a Home Quest teacher in September to create a Student Learning Plan (SLP).

+ Using the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum as a base, the Home Facilitator and Home Quest teacher will work together to create an educational plan for each student.

+ Some families come to this meeting with an outline already in place of what they wish to do for the year and the teacher provides feedback. Some families need more support and guidance, which is absolutely fine.

 

The BC Ministry of Education states that we must have:

Evidence onsite of a student learning plan on record, signed and dated by the teacher and parent (and by the student, if old enough to understand the plan), referring to these elements:

  1. Curriculum learning standards and/or outcomes
  2. Required areas of study planned out with activities
  3. The teacher’s approved plan for supporting learning activities
  4. Learning resources being used
  5. Assessment strategies and standards of performance expected of the student

 

How does Home Quest address these requirements?

  1. The teacher will either use the Home Facilitator’s drafted plan as a master document to make sure that all areas of study (see below) are addressed, or create one during the meeting. This document will list the areas of study, activity ideas for each area, goals for student progress and achievement and resources the family plans to use.
  2. Home Quest teachers can recommend specific resources and activities for each area of study.
  3. Home Quest will provide and review Delta School District performance scales with families. These are a good reference for assessment in all areas, though specific math and reading diagnostics will also be necessary. The diagnostics are often done by the Home Quest teachers during classes or portfolio meetings.
  4. Home Quest will provide and review curriculum requirement documents with the families. Home Quest created curriculum documents can be accessed at any time through our parent portal and the Ministry also has a great reference website here.

 

**BC Education’s Kindergarten to Grade 7 required areas of study:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Investigations/Explorations (inquiries in Socials and Science)
  • Design/Create (projects created from the inquiries, art, technology, music and other creative endeavors)
  • Health and Well-Being (daily physical activity; social, emotional and mental well-being practices and life skills)
  • Second Language (Grades 5+)

 

**Home Quest is open to all BC resident students in K-9. If students are in Grades 8 and 9, they will meet with our director, Ted Johnson, at the district office to set up an individualized plan.

 

What is a portfolio meeting?

+ Sharing opportunity to show the Home Quest teacher the student’s work, growth and progress

+ Opportunity for Home Quest teachers to provide feedback and monitor the student’s learning goals

 

What can a family expect at a portfolio meeting?

  • A face-to-face meeting between the teacher, student and Home Facilitator, sitting at a table together looking over student work , discussing accomplishments and struggles, reflecting and setting or revising goals

 

What should a family bring to the meeting and why?

  • Subject summaries. These are written by the Home Facilitator and serve as an excellent guide for the meeting, but also go into the child’s file at Home Quest as a record of learning and a piece of evidence for the original Student Learning Plan. The summary can be in bullet form and should include all areas of study. It may be helpful to keep notes throughout the term so that the Home Facilitator is simply condensing the notes, rather than trying to remember everything they did after the fact. Also necessary in the subject summaries is a list of the resources used for the activities completed and an overall personal reflection on the student’s progress.
  • Work samples. Home Quest teachers need to copy a minimum of 2 Math samples, 2 Writing Samples and a daily physical activity calendar for the student’s file. Teachers will collect other samples throughout the term, whether the student attends class or not, but they also need these samples at the portfolio meeting. In addition, it is expected that a family will bring in any assessments, photos, videos, notes, and other records to show the child’s learning process in various areas. It is not possible to look through ALL of the student’s work in the time allotted. Rather, families should bring in pieces to generate discussions of achievement, struggles and reflection. Teachers are looking for evidence of trial, error and growth.

 

How do I prepare my child?

  • Tell them the goals of the meeting
  • Include your child in choosing what you will share
  • Make a plan – use your summary to help your child create an agenda or checklist
  • Practice a passage to read that your child will read aloud. If the teacher does not have a current reading assessment on your child, they will need to do a quick one during the meeting
  • If your child is anxious about this meeting, you can video tape pieces ahead of time to help practice and to share at the meeting
  • If you are bringing in something to share that they completed some time ago, review it with them. Knowledge that is not practiced or utilized regularly is quickly lost!
  • Please don’t hesitate to contact Home Quest at any time with questions or for ideas/support
  • We will also revisit your original Student Learning Plan at the portfolio meeting to set new learning goals or revise others