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2nd Annual Book Drive

In celebration of Literacy Month, Richland Academy hosted a Book Drive from January 16-27, in accordance with The Children’s Book Bank. With the generous donations from our School Community members, we collected...

An Education for Understanding: ‘Backward Design’

William Butler Yeats so aptly once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” This prominent 20th Century poet and playwright was wise to the vast difference between knowing and understanding. To simply know facts is not to understand what makes those facts knowledge. “To understand is to be able to wisely and effectively use– transfer– what we know, in context; to apply knowledge and skills effectively, in realistic tasks and settings.” (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005, p. 4). So how can today’s education system help students achieve this type of ‘education for understanding?’ Teachers– as collaborators and guides– must find creative ways to stimulate their students’ natural curiosities and allow them to make connections between theories, while building the skills and attitudes they will need for life-long learning. Child-centered and retrospective curricula design, combined with inquiry-based learning, will allow schools to foster authentic student learning experiences, by providing students with opportunities to engage in meaningful learning experiences; to explore, investigate, discover, collaborate and communicate with others in an experiential and ‘minds-on’ learning environment.

Chinese New Year

Happy New Year! According to Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestial Dragon bring great luck to everyone. Gong...

Fire and Life Safety

This week, the Richmond Hill Fire Department visited Richland to discuss Fire and Life Safety with Grade 1-6 students. Students learned about safety in the home, and discussed the true meaning of...