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Learning and Teaching

San Sisto College is a learning community that specializes in the education of young women within a Catholic environment.

We promote the principle that all our members (students, parents and staff) are learners.

We have developed strategic, carefully integrated programs to maximize learning in the intellectual, social, emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual domains.

The central elements of our Pedagogical Framework are shown symbolically.

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The Five Dimensions of Learning (McREL) are nested within our Pedagogical Framework.

Dimension 1: Attitudes and Perceptions (for Learning, Life and Well-Being) must be positive for full involvement in the learning opportunities offered at the college.  Everything girls do should be “lined” with a positive attitude, an optimistic spirit, a healthy respect for life and learning and for all other members of the community.

Dimension 2: Acquiring and Integrating Knowledge, Dimension 3: Extending and Refining Knowledge and Dimension 4: Using knowledge Meaningfully inform our planning and teaching processes that promote higher order thinking and more effective learning outcomes.

Dimension 5: Habits of Mind and Spirit also serves as a “lining” or underpinning base for all learning activities. We have adopted Arthur Costa’s 16 Habits of Mind of Mind as the basis of this Dimension. Our Dominican heritage and ethos informs the development of habits of “Spirit”.

Catholic ethos, Dominican heritage and College Values permeate all college practices, policies and procedures.

Central to all we do is an attention to Right Relationships, Personal Well-Being and High Expectations. We believe that girls learn best when they feel happy in themselves and in their relationships.

We have a well-developed extra and co curricular program and encourage girls to engage in the social justice, cultural, sporting and leisure pursuits offered. It is in so doing that they can further develop good habits and attitudes, and a sense of belonging to our community.

Students learn about their modal preference for learning (using the VARK methodology) and our girls have access to a Study Skills program (through this website) in order to assist them in their learning and study techniques.

Parents and girls are invited to Parent-Teacher-Student interviews twice a year so that the particular learning needs of each girl may be discussed and so that the partnership in education between all parties may be fostered.

Our Classroom Culture is defined through staff and student support of our Classroom Norms and Classroom Routines, as described in this document