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The Building Futures Experience – Daryenne, Grade 10 Student – When we walk through the garage door we never know what our day will entail. There is no mapped-out schedule to follow and to get bored with after redundancy ensues. Behind the sound of crunching dirt, beneath the tires of trucks, lie an exciting day of work and a new experience ahead. From dry walling one day, to installing light  [ Read More ]

Building Futures – One Nail at a Time

Posted by admin February - 12 - 2014 4 Comments

Guest Blog – Ed Polhill, Principal of George McDougall High School – When two of my teachers approached me last spring and proposed their idea to take 32, grade 10 students off campus for a year and teach them their entire curriculum while building a house, my first thought was, “What could possibly go wrong with this plan?”.  Although there were many obvious logistical details to consider, I didn’t hesitate  [ Read More ]

All Great Fires Start with a Spark

Posted by admin February - 12 - 2014 0 Comment

Guest Blog: Nicolas, Rocky View Student – When I was told that I would be making a proper exhibit for an actual science center, I was overjoyed. It only took a few days of brainstorming to really hit me. I would be in a science center, with 1,500 people that would be looking at my project, and actually judging me, based on the project. So my group worked as hard  [ Read More ]

Telus Spark: Skills and Passion Lead to Success

Posted by admin February - 11 - 2014 Comments Off on Telus Spark: Skills and Passion Lead to Success

Guest Author – Nicole Johnston, Teacher, George McDougall High School – The Telus Spark project gave my Science 14/24 students an opportunity to experience first-hand that success from school is more than just a mark on an exam. Their success came from collaboration, hard work, perseverance, and the courage to work outside their comfort zone. Most of these students had never had the opportunity to experience these skills before. Like  [ Read More ]

Spark is a Flash of Inspiration

Posted by admin February - 11 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Author – Josh Hill, 21st C Learning Specialist – Spark is a flash of inspiration -an unexpected revelation that makes the mind spin and the imagination soar – an ‘a-ha!’ moment. The atmosphere was electric, the energy and anticipation in the 10,000 square-foot atrium at Telus Spark Science Centre was palpable. Four hundred students buzzed about putting the final touches on their exhibits in preparation for the doors to  [ Read More ]

Passion Inspires Action

Posted by admin February - 5 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Author: Karen Girard, Career Advisor at Cochrane High School – Losing the spark for what young people love – that really WAS my story. I was a creative child – painting, sketching, and writing poetry. When I look at my work, I am amazed at how talented I was at such a young age (even if I do say so myself!). I haven’t drawn or painted in years. I  [ Read More ]

Will You Choose To Care?

Posted by admin February - 4 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Author: Ashley Lepage, Grade 8 teacher at Ralph McCall School – Last year, the Grade 7 and 8 teachers at Ralph McCall School sought to plan a project that would engage students in meaningful and authentic learning in the last couple of weeks of the school year…not exactly an easy task! The Grade 7 students participated in a project designed around environmental stewardship. In the hopes of having students  [ Read More ]

Opening Up Our Classroom Walls

Posted by admin January - 28 - 2014 4 Comments

Guest Author: Christina Van den Eynden, Teacher, Prairie Waters Elementary School  – Being a teacher in the 21st Century offers many opportunities for students to see the world beyond the classroom walls – many more than when I was a student in the 1980s. Over the last two years, I have noticed a huge change in the technological skills students are bringing to the classroom and have observed an exponential  [ Read More ]

We’re an IB World School!

Posted by admin January - 28 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Author: Jennifer Friske, Prairie Waters School teacher – Prairie Waters School recently received some very exciting news! Officially, we are now an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Primary Years Programme! The International Baccaluareate was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, and its main focus is on developing Internationally-Minded students who are action-oriented and deep critical thinkers. We started investigating becoming an IB World School four years ago,  [ Read More ]

Developing Confidence Through Drama

Posted by admin January - 21 - 2014 2 Comments

Guest Author: Seonae, Springbank Middle School student – Drama teaches students lots of things. It helps us learn how to cooperate and act around others in a group, even if we don’t know each other. It teaches us how to have fun, yet still be on-task. It also gives us an idea of what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes. Drama also has a lot of  [ Read More ]