Lauren Bolton

First Year of Teaching


Teaching Quality Standard


1. Fostering Effective Relationships

I believe that relationships are vital to establishing a strong foundation on which understanding and compassion is based. I have created a classroom where students’ feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas without fear of embarrassment or judgement. To me, this is true with children and adults alike. I have worked diligently to create a classroom environment that is based on empathy and compassion to make all individuals feel safe and at home. Students are consistently encouraged to nurture their classmates and themselves through mindfulness activities, conversations rooted in empathy, and emotion check-ins.  

In communicating with students, parents, and co-workers I think it is important to always respect their dignity and point of view. When faced with challenges in terms of interactions, I have found success by using a variety of strategies to encourage positive problem-solving including, but not limited to active listening and open dialogue. In terms of open dialogue with parents, this includes: conversations, phone calls, Remind 101 messages, emails, and notes home. Teaching is a lifelong process of learning from my colleagues, students, their families, and the community where my strategies, ideas, and philosophies are constantly being adapted. 

As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”. It is important for children to be actively involved in their communities and to learn about cultural diversity. We have been learning and growing our appreciation of our local and global community. This year, we, the Grade Ones at École Rocky Elementary School hosted one local community member a day for the month of December to read a Christmas story to our students. In collaboration with our French monitor we have learned an extensive amount about the French language and culture, it has allowed students to find relevance in what they are learning. We have learned about celebrations from countries near and far, such as the Chinese celebration of the Lunar New Year. We analyzed world maps, read books, learned about the Chinese zodiac animals, and what the annual Chinese New Year traditions look like through a video of a friend of mine that lives in China.


In our class we celebrate and lift each other up

Especially on birthdays!


2. Engaging in Career Long Learning

I am consistently working to improve my teaching practice by collaborating with my co-workers, attending professional development sessions, and other teachers from other schools. I am always eager to apply new strategies that I have accumulated through colleges and sessions the following week at school. I am always welcoming and eager to have people in my classroom to provide a fresh perspective on improving my practice so that my students and I have the best year possible. As of September I have attended the following professional development sessions: 

-Joindre l’utile à l'agréable en maths

-K-1 cohort meeting

-Stratégies d’enseignements efficace en Immersion Français

-Writer’s workshop meetings

-Multiple mentor and mentee meetings

-And many more to come for the rest of the academic year

-I am looking forward to attending Geri Lorway’s summer institute on Thinking 101

I am a life-long learner and it brings me such joy to see how my learning can improve the learning of my students, it allows me to lead by example.


3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge


Through my lessons, I show a clear understanding of the outcomes to be met and adjusted my lessons accordingly. I integrate subject-specific outcomes in my units, according to the Program of Studies. I am constantly adjusting my instruction to ensure that the subject matter is appropriate for the grade level, according to the Program of Studies. I use a variety of appropriate materials to enhance and build my toolbox of instructional strategies that I have created, borrowed or altered from other colleagues. 

The types of formative assessment that are used regularly in our class are observations, conversations, anecdotal notes, exit cards, check-ins, mini-whiteboards, doodle it, quick nods, running records, and many more.

The types of summative assessment that are used regularly in our class are cumulative work, tests, and self-evaluations, and more.

I am continuously engaging in reflective practices daily through conversations and am continually seeking to fine-tune my approaches to planning and preparing my lessons, assessment, and managing student needs.

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4. Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

I have an unwavering belief that all children can learn, it is my job to find out how to best nurture them on their journey of acquiring knowledge and learning who they are. I have the honour of working with an educational assistant every other day in our classroom, together we are able to work together to better meet the needs of our diverse students. Many of our students have trauma and so we are constantly mindful of using a trauma informed practice with all of our students. It is our goal to nurture not only their academic well being, but their social, emotional, and physical well being as well.

I built a cozy corner into one of the shelves in our class that is labelled our ‘coin calme’ (calm corner) where students are free to go to and spend time in when they see fit, they know the expectation that when they feel they have had a sufficient break then they are to come back to the learning activity. On a daily basis we practice mindfulness exercises, meditation, and guided breathing. It provides students the opportunity to regain their center and purpose for learning, while reinforced that our class is a safe space for them to show up as they are and we will support each other.

In our classroom we are arranged in groups, some students are working on being a group of two while others are successfully working in groups of four or five. Students frequently have the choice on where they are working, such as the carpet with a clipboard, at their desk, at the back table, or on our flexible seating chair.

As many of my students are passionate about the outdoors, skiing, speed skating, and making snow forts , I often find ways to incorporate those aspects into our everyday lessons to make them relevant and meaningful learning opportunities.


Silent reading wherever we like in the classroom

The "calm corner" is a class favorite


5. Applying Foundational Knowledge About First Nations, Metis, and Inuit

A teacher develops and applies foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit for the benefit of all students.
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6. Adhering to Legal Frameworks and Policies

A teacher demonstrates an understanding of and adherence to the legal frameworks and policies that provide the foundations for the Alberta education system.
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From tiny seeds grow mighty trees


Get in Touch

Feel free to reach out anytime through one of the following methods:

École Rocky Elementary School
4703 50 Ave, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B9, Canada

(403) 845-3541


(403) 845-3541

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