Discovery Days are non-traditional, personalized learning days designed around student interests, learning needs, learning styles, and preferences.
The Discovery Days initiative is a continuation of our strategic goals, to give students voice and choice over their learning and develop greater self-reflection for their future.
The goal of Discovery Days is to create a rich inquiry and project-based learning framework in which both teachers and students can actively experience personalized learning, as well as giving more time for student interests and goals.
Students will benefit from deeper learning opportunities as they work on a culminating Discovery Project over the duration of a semester instead of a few weeks, providing them with ample inquiry, research, and tinkering time.
Passion Projects will give students and mentors an individual problem-solving focus that is not mark oriented, but rather skills oriented. Collaboration, critical thinking, design thinking, information management, and self-management are just a few of the vital skills we know will give our students an advantage in post-secondary education as they all contribute towards developing a strong personal brand.
- Happen every Friday (excluding long weekends)
- Aim to utilize our greatest asset—the outdoors—and provide time for personalized clubs, whole-school activities and longer sports hours.
- Affect the Friday schedule; however, students at RLC will enjoy a shorter academic day every day, to allow day students to return home earlier. Our boarding students will also have a greater opportunity for tutorial and evening activities.
Discovery Days are divided into three main categories: Design Time, Flex Time and Active Time.
Rotating, facilitated time for subject-specific Discovery Projects: design-thinking, lab work, studio work, presentation tasks, group collaboration, inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, action research plans, outdoor learning, and culminating tasks.
Self-directed, mentored time for Passion Projects that develop students’ own interests, hobbies, and talents.
Dynamic time to develop outdoor leadership skills, new interests in clubs, attend Personal Brand and Indigenous workshops, play extended sports, and enjoy House activities.