At North Surrey Secondary we have developed what is dubbed the Junior Program. Its aim is to provide students a smooth social and academic transition from grade 7 into grade 8 and on into grade 9. In an earlier post I wrote about the social goals of the program. For the academic goals of the program we borrow heavily from the B.C.’s English Language Arts Curriculum. The “Considerations for Program Delivery is worthy of a read by every teacher in every subject area. It gets at the real reasons we educate students to begin with and provides a clear perspective of what really matters in teaching.
Ultimately we see this as being the foundation for the work we are doing in our program. We want to help students become strategic thinkers and problem solvers. We do this through the explicit instruction of reading, writing and oral language strategies (the basis of the ELA curriculum). We believe that by teaching students to be metacognitive and strategic they will be better able to handle the expectations of any subject in high school
Here is a copy of a presentation we recentley gave to some of our staff that outlines the foundations of the program for the students and teachers.
If you are interested in knowing more about the program please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We are happy to share our journey with others.
Together we are better!