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. 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+)

 

**BC Education’s Grade 8-9 required areas of study:

  • English
  • Second Language
  • Math
  • Socials
  • Science
  • Health and Well-Being
  • ADST & Art
  • Career Ed

 

 

**Home Quest is open to all BC resident students in K-9.

 

What is a portfolio meeting?

+ Sharing opportunity to review highlights from the term and celebrate learning

+ Opportunity to review goals from the term and set new ones

 

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
  • It is important to know that while the portfolio is a summary of the term, it is not the whole picture. The teacher will assess for report cards based on a combination of the shared evidence throughout the term and the portfolio discussion.

 

What should a family bring to the meeting and why?

  • Subject summaries. These are written by the Home Facilitator and go into the child’s file (Google Folder) at Home Quest as a record of learning and supporting evidence for the original Student Learning Plan. The summary can be in bullet form and should include all areas of study. Many families update an active Google Document throughout the term and this serves as the summary.
  • Work samples. Throughout the term, families provide work samples in all subject areas to their Google Folder. The teacher checks and provides feedback on these samples every two weeks. By the time portfolios come, both teacher and Home Facilitators are well-connected in the child’s learning. At the portfolio, it is expected that a family will bring in any projects, videos, assessments or other work that was not previously shared. 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 forgotten!
  • 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