Core Principles of Learning

Inspired and effective student learning is our mission as a school. Defining excellence in learning is a critically important component to ensuring coherence and consistency across teaching and learning in a K-12 single-site school. As Southpointe refines its delivery of programme offerings in PYP, MYP and AP Capstone, a distillation of core principles of high quality learning becomes foundational so that commonly held notions of excellence tie the programmes together.

Purpose
Our core principles of learning govern our purpose and practices, and clearly articulate what we believe constitutes high quality learning and excellence across all levels of the school. These principles inform all teaching and learning in the school, including:

  • Seesaw, ManageBac & other forms of visible assessment & feedback
  • Classroom observation schemes
  • PGP reflections & goal setting
  • Professional development
  • Curriculum mapping
  • The use of technology to enhance learning
  • The social-emotional environments in classrooms
  • The physical design of learning spaces


Core Principles of Learning

  1. Learning is enhanced through authentic, experiential and creative learning engagements.
  2. Learning is inquiry- and concept-based, and transfers across local and global contexts to enrich understanding.
  3. Learning engages student agency, where students have voice, choice and ownership in their learning.
  4. Learning is supported through an assessment philosophy that balances monitoring, documenting, measuring and reporting.
  5. Learning promotes a growth mindset.
  6. Learning balances content, knowledge and skill acquisition, and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary connections.
  7. Learning flourishes in environments that are flexible, multi-sensory and that provide a secure base of emotional, intellectual and physical safety.
  8. Learning is personalized and differentiated to provide appropriate levels of challenge.
  9. Learning is enriched when students receive and apply ongoing feedback that is timely, specific and leads to future growth.
  10. Learning is enhanced by the collective expertise of teachers.