At the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, we want to ensure that our schools are welcoming places for all students to engage, belong, learn, grow, explore and discover.
Staff in schools across the OCDSB use many tools and approaches to help achieve this goal, by recognizing that learning, well-being, and equity are the core of our work. “The Third Path,” a relationship-based approach to student well-being, is one approach many teachers and school staff have been using to help foster student achievement and well-being.
Developed by Dr. David Tranter, Lori Carson, and Tom Boland, The Third Path connects the two key paths of academics and social emotional learning. It shares eight hierarchical conditions that support student well-being and academic achievement: Safety, regulation, belonging, positivity, engagement, identity, mastery, and meaning. These conditions help students:
There are many different ways to explore these conditions at school. Together, they help to create an environment where our students can learn, grow, and flourish.
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Learn more about The Third Path at www.thirdpath.ca.
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Cultivating a sense of belonging: students at Manor Park Public School helped create their own classroom environment by contributing thoughts and written work to the bulletin boards. They loved seeing their own work on the walls, and celebrating one another’s contributions!
This story was featured in the December 2021 OCYI Ovation
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