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Our Guiding Principles

Overview of the Four Guiding Principles of our School

1) Student-Centred Integrated Learning (including the use of meaningfully integrated technology)
Students at River Heights Elementary are encouraged to make connections and build mental bridges between subject areas.  We weave subject area concepts and content together rather than allowing math to remain in isolation from social studies, for example. This integrated approach to learning facilitates a deeper level understanding and a higer level of student engagement as they develop ownership in projects and activities involving more than one curriculum subject.  Meaningful Integrated Technology serves as a vehicle for many of our integrated activities; technology is seen as a tool for learning rather than an activity.

2) Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
Critical and creative thinking skills are central to our program.  Students are immersed in the use of thinking skills that are then used to investigate curriculum topics mandated by the Alberta Education Curriculum. 
The application of Edward DeBono's Six Thinking Hats is taught throughout the school as well as additional thinking strategies suitable for particular grade levels.  These thinking skills are valuable tools that encourage students to grow in creative and critical thought patterns.

3) Student Independence and Interdependence
We believe that activities encouraging children to make clear plans, organize ideas and resources, investigate topics, share their learning with others and reflects on their progress, challenge students to become more responsible for their learning and to grow in independence.  

4) Safe and Caring Learning Environment
Students and Staff demonstrate the Tribes Agreements in our interactions with each other and with families.
    1. Demonstrate mutual respect.
    2. Offer appreciations.  Do not give put-downs.
    3. Exercise the right to pass; respect the right of others to participate.
    4. Demonstrate attentive listening.

River Heights Elementary provides parents with one option to consider as they make a selection best suited to meet the needs of their child and his/her learning style.  By making the deliberate choice to attend River Heights Elementary, both parents and children are demonstrating a commitment to the education philosophy and goals of our school.
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