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At Rowntree Montessori Schools, our teaching method focuses on 21st Century Learning. 21st Century Learning refers to “the skills and technologies that will position students to succeed in a world that ever increasingly requires collaboration, critical thinking, adaptability, grit, perseverance and relies less on the learning of facts and data. The “how” and “why” of learning becomes central and is far more important than the “what” or “who” from past models. Students must approach lifelong learning with a flexible mindset as they tackle 21st century issues. They must learn to work with and listen to a variety of points of view.
This past week, one of our grade 3 classes tackled a “real world” task where they were provided with various grocery flyers, given a budget and asked to plan out their groceries for the week. Students were given time to look through different grocery stores’ flyers and research which store had the best prices and items that they wanted to purchase. Students were also asked to determine where the foods and items they chose originated from, and if the item came from live stock or was pre-packaged. This provided the class with an opportunity to use their math skills, social studies’ skills and communication skills. In addition, students learned that fresh foods are much healthier options than packaged foods. Students worked in groups as well, which provided them with an opportunity to problem-solve and work as a team.
Rowntree Montessori Schools believes that it is important for our students to have a connection with what they are learning and link their learning to a real world situation.
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