Learning Environment

Our Five Pillars
We are self-directed learners
We encourage each other to think critically and learn more
We are concerned, confident and compassionate citizens of the world
We learn everywhere, we learn together
We are creative

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Queen Anne Elementary was designed around our 
Five Pillars with a technology focus. As a Creative Approach School (CAS), we joined Project Based Learning (PBL) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) with our Five Pillars. These three components are the foundation of our curriculum and guide our staff and students’ pursuit to develop a community of 21st Century learners.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL)
In Project Based Learning, students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills  collaboration, communication, critical thinking & creativity), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations. For more information organizations like the Buck Institute for Education and Edutopia provide valuable resources, information and inspiration.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)
Social Emotional Learning is a process of developing social and emotional skills, for academic success as well as life success. Examples of social and emotional skills are being able to recognize, understand, and express one’s own emotions; controlling impulses; and establishing and maintaining positive relationships. SEL may also refer to a school curriculum that develops social and emotional skills. Read more at SEL at QAE: What is Social Emotional Learning?Where is SEL at QAE?SEL ResourcesSEL LibrariesSEL Blog.

TECHNOLOGY 
Technology is integrated into the classroom, across curriculum, to deepen and enhance learning through our One to World device program. One to World empowers students to research, create, connect, and collaborate. Students actively engage and work together to capture their creativity and learning through technology tools such as cameras, video, audio, and multi-media productions. Students connect and learn with classrooms around the world through programs like Mystery Skype. Technology also changes the ways teachers teach—One to World offers effective ways for teachers to reach different types of learners to help make learning more meaningful and fun.

ADVANCED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES (ALO)
Our school environment encourages the positive social and emotional development of all students. The ALO Report Card is utilized to ensure that our advanced students are receiving an accelerated curriculum corresponding with the Washington State Grade Level Expectations. Several differentiation strategies are used that include acceleration within the regular classroom, cluster grouping, flexible groupings for instruction, and technology integration to support project based learning.

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