Pearson Road Elementary School provides education to approximately 236 students in Kindergarten through grade 5. We are fortunate to host a very active Strong Start Centre and host the Central Okanagan Family Hub. Pearson prides itself on having such a diverse demographic and has adopted a Uniform Policy as of 2004. As a school community, we value an inclusive environment where all students are appreciated and welcomed for the strengths and leadership skills they bring to our school.
Our focus for professional development over the next 3-4 years will be on numeracy instruction. This journey started with a simple question to parents, staff members and students. We asked "What was your experience with math in elementary school?" Responses varied, however there was a common theme that surfaced indicating many did not have a positive experience and learners felt they could not be good at math. As a result of this survey, we realized we needed to develop a growth mindset when it comes to numeracy. Pearson will be collaborating on a numeracy inquiry journey with Quigley and Rutland Elementary schools by ongoing dialogue with teachers, administrators, parents and students. As part of this collaboration, staff members will be able to share resources and learn from each other.
Through this inquiry, we will examine physical spaces for math, teaching to diversity, improving engagement, providing more hands-on experiences, relating content to real world applications and developing learners identity as a problem solver.
"A lot of scientific evidence suggests that the difference between those who succeed and those who don't is not the brains they were born with, but their approach to life, the messages they receive about their potential, and the opportunities they have to learn." - Jo Boaler