Learning Center

The Learning Centre is happy to welcome back all the Students of LSK from their summer vacations. Summer is a time for students to recharge and relax however, the summer break can also dismantle all the structure and routines that were established from the previous school year. The goal of the Learning Centre to start off the school year is to help re-establish the structure and routines from the previous year, along with creating new ones that are best suited for our students. Structure and routines are developed with the best interest of the student and the sooner both are re-established the sooner students will be able to grow within them. 

The beginning of the school year is also a great time to develop social skills. Social skills are important for students to learn because not only will these skills help students make friends but also help them navigate through a variety of social situations that aren’t always easy. Students will still have the relationships they formed over previous school years but with ice breaking exercises and introductory themed activities there will be plenty of opportunity to create new and hopefully lasting friendships. People need to have a range of different skills to help them maneuver through social situations, social skills can be seen as a vehicle that helps students with this maneuvering, which is why social skills are a priority early on in the school year.

Thanks,

Tyler Schussler

As we move into May the Learning Centre has been focusing on developing a growth mind-set.  It is believed that there are two types of mind-sets, a fixed mind-set and a growth mind-set. There are many differences between the two mind-sets regarding effort, criticism and failure. A person with a growth mind-set values the effort they put into things above all else. In the Learning Centre we really try to plant this into our students so whatever goals they decide to pursue in life, they will go after it with maximum effort, helping them successfully reach their goals. A growth minded person does not see criticism as a negative term but an opportunity to improve oneself. In the learning Centre we try and teach our students that criticism isn’t negative but is an opportunity to improve our choices, actions, effort or work. Lastly a growth minded person does not view failure as an end result to an undertaking but rather an opportunity to learn from it. If we can teach our students that failure is part of the journey to learning, then it will hopefully help our students not only cope but also embrace failure as a learning opportunity. Developing a growth mind-set in our students will set up our students with the tools they will need to be successful not only in the classroom but also in life. 

During the month of March, the Learning Centre focused on regulating emotions and as we move into April our focus has shifted to calming down strategies. Calming down seems simple for most people but once someone has become dysregulated or even angry the task becomes a lot more difficult. If students can focus on the warning signs before becoming angry it can help them calm down and prevent inappropriate behaviours. Things like clinched fists, tightening of the facial muscles and an increased heart rate can all be signs that someone may becoming angry. Once an individual recognizes they are becoming angry, they can apply calming down strategies such as taking deep breaths, thinking happy thoughts or taking a body break. These are just a few strategies that can help students calm down. 

Our focus during the month of April will also be on understanding other people’s perspectives when we act out inappropriately. When we act out inappropriately it may seem like the only person it affects is ourselves but this simply isn’t true. The people around us are also affected and depending on the behaviour this could be a negative effect. It’s important that we teach our student’s this so that they can understand; their actions may be affecting the people around them. A student’s inappropriate actions may have unexpected consequences on some of their peer relationships which is why it’s important that we understand other people’s perspectives. ​

The Learning Centre is excited to announce the arrival of a bunch of new equipment to our learning environment. The white fluorescent bulbs found in most schools have been known to cause stress and anxiety in some students which is why the Learning Centre has covered them up with calming coloured shades that will hopefully improve our student’s academic performances. In addition to the shades the Learning Centre was also equipped with a new trampoline that will be provided to any student in the Learning Centre that requires a body break.

Secondly, the Learning Centre will be focusing on regulating our emotions moving into the month of March. When students become dysregulated it can disrupt their daily schedules, their learning and their relationships, which is why the Learning Centre has put emphasis on regulating our emotions. The tool being used to teach our students how to regulate their emotions is called “Zones of Regulations” which takes almost every human emotion and categorizes them into different coloured zones. For example, if you were feeling happy, you’d be in the Green Zone. There are four zones: Red, Green, Yellow and Blue and depending on how someone is feeling they can identify with one of the four zones. Our goal along with the Zones of Regulation is to provide our students with the tools and strategies needed to help them regulate their emotions throughout their daily routine.

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