I Can Do That: for Myself, My Future, My World
Delta West Academy wants every child to be successful in whatever they choose to do - to be inspired as life-long achievers.
So, we instill an “I can do that” attitude in all of our students. Dr. Alberta Bandura calls it “self-efficacy: a person’s belief in his or her ability to succeed in a particular situation”. Students with a strong sense of self-efficacy:
- View challenging problems as tasks to be mastered
- Are better able to think productively by applying positive thinking skills when facing a challenge
- Engage with high motivation
- Focus stronger effort on any task, activity, interest or goal
- Recover quickly from setbacks and disappointments
- Are less vulnerable to stress and anxiety
Students develop this self-efficacy through the everyday interactions with our staff team and their friends in our dynamic classrooms.
We know our approach to instilling the "I can do that " attitude works because students of varying ability levels, from average to gifted, all achieve Acceptable and Standards of Excellence on provincial Achievement tests, and 100% of our Gr. 12 graduates enjoy being accepted into the universities and programs of their choice. Our alumni keep in touch with us to share their accomplishments and their continued inspired journeys.
Four Foundational Principles of Self-Efficacy
In every activity, field trip, task, presentation or project, the ultimate goal is always to provide enough constructive feedback for the student to be able to continue exploring and learning, balanced by the attitude that mistakes are a way to “fail better” until they succeed. At DWA, the balance of supportive feedback and rising to challenges is different for each child yet a process that develops critical thinking, problem-solving and personally successful learning strategies.[/mpc_icon_column][mpc_icon_column preset=”mpc_preset_47″ layout=”style_4″ alignment=”left” background_color=”#008c99″ padding_divider=”true” padding_css=”padding-top:40px;padding-right:20px;padding-bottom:40px;padding-left:10px;” title_font_preset=”mpc_preset_111″ title_font_color=”#ffffff” title_font_size=”18″ title_font_transform=”uppercase” title_font_align=”left” title=”Small classes naturally promote healthy interaction, collaboration and a feeling of worth.” content_font_preset=”mpc_preset_5″ content_font_color=”#ffffff” content_font_size=”16″ content_font_line_height=”1.5″ content_font_align=”left” mpc_icon__preset=”mpc_preset_13″ mpc_icon__icon=”etl etl-clipboard” mpc_icon__icon_color=”#ffffff” mpc_icon__icon_size=”30″ mpc_icon__background_color=”#92ced5″ mpc_icon__border_divider=”true” mpc_icon__padding_css=”padding:15px;” mpc_icon__margin_divider=”true” mpc_icon__margin_css=”margin-right:0px;margin-left:0px;” mpc_icon__hover_border_divider=”true” mpc_divider__width=”10″ mpc_divider__align=”left” mpc_divider__lines_color=”#f7f7f7″ mpc_divider__lines_weight=”2″]In our small classes, teachers can spend time with every student, answer more questions, lead in-depth discussions and activities, and offer a lot of personal encouragement. Students can also do this for each other. In our small classes, movement is an important and intrinsic part of the learning process. It is part of every teacher’s planning made easier by our active learning furniture choices. So, academically, there are immediate learning benefits.
Therefore, when students are engaged and happy, more positive interaction occurs. In small classes, teachers can more easily prevent incidents from happening as they have fewer children to watch. They take the time to facilitate immediate conflict resolution which dramatically reduces social stress, increases self-reflection and re-enforces positive behaviours, especially at the elementary and junior high grades. Every day, students experience healthier social interaction, increase their social intelligence and have a greater appreciation of each other. Students then start to gain greater control of their own interactions. When students feel safe and valued, they build resilience, empathy and a positive outlook.[/mpc_icon_column][/mpc_connected_icons]
We know our approach to instilling the “I can do that ” attitude works because students of varying ability levels, from average to gifted, all achieve Acceptable and Standards of Excellence on provincial Achievement tests, and 100% of our Gr. 12 graduates enjoy being accepted into the universities and programs of their choice. Our alumni keep in touch with us to share their accomplishments and their continued inspired journeys.[/mpc_icon_column][/mpc_connected_icons]