Our Learning Story
Davidson Road is a K-6 elementary school located in the heart of Lake Country. Home to close to 500 students, we are a school that has a strong and equal focus on the academics, the arts, and sport. A rich and diverse student body populates the Davidson Road community and many of our students possess a wide range interests and abilities.
Davidson Road has a dedicated and experienced staff who offer many opportunities for our students' growth. Along with the many learning experiences that occur inside the classroom, the staff also allow opportunities for multiple extra-curricular activities as a result of their dedication volunteerism, and expertise.
The school also has a supportive community of parents. Our PAC members, who support the school in a variety of ways, dedicate a great deal of time to provide our students and our school with opportunities that we would otherwise not be afforded. Whether it be through the purchasing of iPads, literacy resources, or field trips, Davidson Road is a better place because of the strong involvement of our parents.
When we scanned the school population and attempted to determine where we could best serve the needs of the students, it was recognized that we were doing a great job in addressing a multitude of needs of many of our students. However, after a student and a parent scan in the Spring of 2018 as well as in the Fall of 2018, it was evident that many of our students and parents were saying that our students enjoyed math but that they want to improve in this area as well.
We used this scan as a launching point and it was after analyzing some of our math data in December 2018 that we realized that many of our students have a difficult time being able to solve word problems. The challenge of being able to think critically about what the task is asking and being able to develop a plan for solving these problems is difficult for many of our students and is an area we decided as a group to explore further.
We felt that with the right model and the right approach, we would be able to provide a clear focus, in terms of improving our students' critical thinking skills.. As a result, this idea led to a critical thinking through math problem solving inquiry at Davidson Road.