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Skills Development Class 8, 9, 10  (XLDCD-08SDC)
Learning Strategies 11/12  (YLE- -1A)
 
Students taking these courses will have a demonstrated need for learning support, which may include an IEP targeting specific learning difficulties. Enrollment is contingent upon a referral from a previous school, teacher or counsellor.
 
These courses aim to develop metacognitive awareness and improve learning strategies for students who may be weak in such areas as: attention and focus, auditory/visual processing, time management, organization, and study skills. Students will develop effective, personal learning techniques through individual application and practice.
 
The senior Learning Strategies course is an extension of the Skills course and helps students continue to develop and apply these skills to manage more complex, sophisticated content.
These courses are available only to students who have applied and been accepted in this program.
 
 
Learning Assistance Life Skills (LALS )
Course Outline:
 
The Learning Assistance-Life Skills Program (LALS) consists of a maximum of 15 students in grades 8-12+. Placement in the LALS program is based on a referral process through VSB’s Learning Services department. The program is taught by one teacher and is supported by two Student Support Workers. The LALS program focuses on functional academic and life skills to promote independence as students transition from high school into adulthood. The LALS program offers courses in academic subjects, self-regulation, social skills, executive functioning, healthy living, and daily physical activity. Students practice and apply the skills taught within these courses as they participate in various community activities throughout the school year (grocery shopping, cooking, work experience, transit training, field trips, etc.).
 
Academic subjects (English, Math, Science, Socials) are taught using an interdisciplinary approach which allows students to apply their learning in a meaningful way to their daily lives. Main areas of academic focus include: reading comprehension, letter and resume writing, money sense, time management, and responsible citizenship.  All academic subjects are reinforced through practical and experiential learning opportunities (i.e. grocery shopping, field trips, trip planning, work experience).
 
Self-regulation and social skills are significant components of the LALS program. Using the “Zones of Regulation” framework, students increase their self-awareness by learning to recognize their emotions, causes of their emotions, and acquiring tools and strategies to help them remain calm and engaged throughout the day. Skills learned in the self-regulation course extend far beyond the classroom and benefit students as they engage in their broader communities.  Social skills are explicitly taught and practiced throughout the school year using formal and informal programs and learning opportunities. Students learn and practice social skills within the classroom, and they are given opportunities within a structured and supported environment to practice these skills in their school and local communities.
 
Throughout all courses, students learn and practice executive functioning skills, which benefits them as they prepare for adulthood. Main areas of focus include: time management, organization, task prioritization, and mental flexibility. Students track their progress with these various skills throughout the school year.
 
Every day, students in the LALS program participate in daily physical activity to promote healthy living (stretching, yoga, walking, running, etc.). Students participate in healthy living courses, and they apply this learning weekly as they prepare healthy meals, and develop their fine and gross motor skills through physical education activities.