A Culture of Care and Respect
At Erin Woods School, children and adults have the right to:
We do this work together through the teaching of social skills, problem solving skills, and the
development of moral responsibility to ourselves, others and this place.
Erin Woods School staff uses a variety of strategies and best practices to promote a safe and
caring environment. We do this teaching by:
- Developing and creating a caring relationship
- Developing and creating a sense of belonging
- Using stories and examples to enhance sensitivity to others and develop a vocabulary to
- Role modeling, practicing, and rehearsing situations and incidences that result in
- Encouraging students (and other important people – family members etc) to tell each
other how they are impacted by certain actions or behaviours (ex: class meetings)
We understand that the learning of these skills and morals is complex. It takes time, patience
and excellent teaching. Our goal is to teach children the life skills of solving problems, expressing
their needs and feelings, and understanding the rights, needs and feelings of others.
In this environment, students are encouraged to work to the best of their ability everyday. We
personalize our instruction with students developing learning opportunities that are both
challenging and engaging. Teachers at Erin Woods School have high expectations for student
excellence and the pursuit of academic development.
The most effective way parents can support is by teaching your children to use words to express
feelings and opinions. Model the use of a variety of feeling words, such as worried, frustrated,
excited, and happy to help children put words to their feelings. Close monitoring of children when
interacting with others, both on the computer and face to face will assist you in teaching your child
to develop appropriate real-life social skills.
At Erin Woods School we all work together to create a safe,
happy, respectful learning environment.