Happy New Year!
Welcome to our new FIS monthly blog!
Each new year provides time for reflection and that is what we have been doing at FIS. Each month a member of the management team, or possibly a teacher, will be posting to this blog. We will be covering a range of topics, and hope that you check-in regularly to see what we are focusing on at FIS.
Our main focus for the months of January and February will be the implementation of a new external assessment, called MAP. MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress, and we will be testing students in Grades 3-10 in Mathematics, Reading, and English Language Usage.
The main advantage of using MAP tests is that they are taken online and repeatedly throughout the year, meaning teachers get immediate and regular feedback that can help them adapt their teaching. By seeing each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses, teachers can tailor their learning for that child. We can also look at the school as a whole to see where we have systemic strengths and weaknesses. This helps us choose professional development topics and resourcing needs. MAP focuses on growth and progress, allowing us to personalize our teaching and learning.Teachers will be leading students through goal setting for self improvement and reflection.
At FIS, we are constantly balancing the need for students to perform academically well on assessments, since these indicators will be used for university admission, and the understanding that test scores are only a snapshot of a child’s learning. Many things are not assessed by a test- such as a child’s compassion, grit, creativity, sense of humor, and kindness. Emotional intelligence is as necessary as a student’s academic scores, and we hope that you will help spread this message at home, as we will at school. At FIS, we believe in catering to the whole child and providing a holistic education- including the mind, body, and character. By focusing on emotional intelligence alongside academic success, we are preparing students to be future leaders in the community.
When I go into classrooms or speak to students on the playground I see future scientists, engineers, lawyers, educators, and CEOs. I know our students will be successful and make meaningful contributions to the community. To be a powerful lawyer you must have an innate sense of fairness. To be a successful scientist you must have determination and patience. To be a successful CEO you must be able to communicate with your team and motivate them. These soft skills distinguish between people that are good from great. Let’s strive for greatness together!
Thank you for reading, and we look forward to continuing to share our thoughts each month in this new forum!