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Learning at Sandston

Learning at Sandston

The 21st Century Model School Initiative at Sandston Elementary is based on learning that is challenging, meaningful, and experiential, designed to develop the skill sets needed for our students’ future success. Daily experiences engage our students in rigorous content area learning and the development of 21st century learning skills. These skills include research, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.

There are daily opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in meaningful ways, connecting learning with their lives outside the classroom and within the community.  Daily learning targets focus on our students acquiring skills, making meaning of what they are learning, and demonstrating their ability to transfer understanding to new and complex problems. We integrate curriculum through long-term project work and fully utilize 21st century learning tools each day to research, create, analyze, and share what we are learning. We have a one-to-one iPad initiative in grades 3-5, sets of iPads in K-2, and laptops, Promethean Boards, and a variety of other 21st century learning tools in all classrooms. These are utilized with a myriad of instructional resources and experiences to make learning come alive for our students.  Challenging and integrated instruction is provided in language arts and math to ensure that students are skillful and motivated readers, writers, mathematicians, thinkers, and problem-solvers.

Learning is differentiated at Sandston through small group and tiered instruction and through thoughtfully selected instructional strategies. Students’ growth and understanding of learning targets are continually assessed in order to inform our planning and future instruction.  We provide focused intervention to students needing extra support.

Students take ownership for their own learning and interactions with others, set goals, and assess their progress towards those goals.  Staff members support students in this journey and work hand-in-hand with families in the process. A focus on positive and scholarly behaviors such as respect, responsibility, kindness, inquisitiveness, hard work, perseverance, creativity, and organization helps create a positive school climate.  Our goal is for our students to be excited about learning and their lives, and to develop the skills and dispositions needed for success and to be thoughtful, contributing members of their communities.  We believe that each and every one of our students has a bright, bright future ahead!

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