LCS Learning Principles

"At Lincoln Community School, learning is optimized by our shared beliefs,
rooted in the International Baccalaureate's mission and philosophy. We are
committed to high-quality teaching and learning, the promotion of connection
through intercultural understanding and collaboration, our passion for innovation,
and to nurturing the well-being of every person in our community." (LCS, 2018)

What are the learning principles at Lincoln Community School?

  1. Inquiry - We believe inquiry optimizes learning.
  2. Concepts - We believe conceptual understanding optimizes learning.
  3. Contexts - We believe placing learning in local and global contexts
    optimizes learning.
  4. Collaboration - We believe collaboration optimizes learning.
  5. Wellbeing and Social/Emotional Awareness - We believe individual
    wellbeing and social and emotional awareness optimizes learning.
  6. Differentiation and Honoring Diversity - We believe that differentiated
    instruction, which honors diversity of all kinds, optimizes learning.
  7. Assessment - We believe optimal learning is informed by formative and
    summative feedback.
  8. Innovation and Technologies - We believe innovation and technologies
    optimizes learning.

At the end of January, 7th Grade Team Leader/Humanities Teacher Abel Ankwandoh
and MYP Coordinator Lisa Maren Thompson planned and implemented a Learning
Walk together. They visited 7th grade classes in four subject areas: Performing Arts,
Sciences, Language and Literature (English), and Language Acquisition (French). Their
goal was to observe and celebrate our 7th grade Lincoln Learners, and to look for ways
7th grade faculty members are employing LCS learning principles to optimize learning.

In the Sciences classroom, central concepts were posted on the wall (Concepts) and
students were working in lab groups (Collaboration) with opportunities to assume
shared responsibility as they explored plant biology. They were also utilizing an online
annotation tool (Innovation and Technologies) to receive feedback in order to improve
their lab reports.

In Language and Literature (English), students were presented with written
questions about realistic fiction to guide their reading session at the beginning
of class (Inquiry). They were also reminded to be aware of three levels of thinking
(Differentiation and Honoring Diversity). Students were using a range of technology
tools to "zoom in on text" and to further question and reflect (Innovation and Technologies).

In Performing Arts, students were exploring African music and discussing the
transatlantic slave trade with their teacher who was modeling emotional awareness
(Wellbeing and Social/Emotional Awareness) and affirming each student's ideas about
race and identity (Differentiation and Honoring Diversity). Students were comfortable
appreciating the complexity of the evolution of music, practicing international-
mindedness (Contexts).

In French Language Acquisition, students were assessing their
own classmate's work as a group, and learning together through
the process (Assessment). To do this together (Collaboration), they
used markers on a whiteboard to edit words and phases projected
from a student's laptop (Innovation and Technologies).

During Mr. Ankwandoh and Ms. Thompson's Learning Walk, LCS learning
principles-in-action were witnessed in every classroom observed. Wow, 7th
graders: so muchlearning going on! Congratulations to the entire 7th grade
faculty team for implementing these principles for each Lincoln Learner, in
all subject areas.

Did you know? Our learning principles are inspired by the IB Approaches to Teaching.
And the LCS Learning Principles are for everybody: PYP, MYP, and DP! Learn more
about our IB Continuum.

This article for "The Link" was written by the MYP Coordinator and is the third of a five-part
series spotlighting each grade level of the Middle Years Program (MYP, Grades 6-10) with a
focus on core components of the MYP.