• Kristi Kraychy

A Day in the Life of a Changemaker Student

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

Our weekly timetable may not look too different from most school schedules at first glance, but the differences are found in the small class sizes, a teaching approach that prioritizes empathy, leadership and Changemaking and that a significant portion of each day will be spent outdoors:

  • Homeroom is meant to be a time for students and teachers to transition into the school day with a focus on relationship building and connection.

  • Science/Math will take place both indoors and outdoors. With an hour and a half each day, there is plenty of time for lessons and time to practice as well as exploration, experimentation and project work.

  • Assembly is a school-wide, student-led and in-person gathering time intended for announcements, celebrations, sharing innovative ideas and working together to solve problems.

  • English/ Social Studies/ Literacy takes place both indoors and outdoors. Again, with an hour and a half each day, there is plenty of time for lessons, practice, playful exploration, debate, time to read and our project work.

  • In Drama/Music we will be exploring musical theatre, STOMP percussion, small instrumental ensembles, vocal ensemble, play writing, drama games, costume and prop design and music composition. The emphasis is on self-expression, building confidence and understanding how performance techniques can improve public speaking and leadership skills. This will be a daily indoor/outdoor class.

  • In Gym/Outdoor Education we will learn about and practice a variety of sports and outdoor recreation activities, develop physical literacy and coordination, understand teamwork and good sportsmanship, develop leadership and wilderness skills and become responsible outdoor enthusiasts. This will be a daily class that is primarily outdoors.

  • Students are encouraged to choose the Second Language they would like to learn. Through online programs, activities and projects with support from volunteers and pen-pals with students all over the world, our students will develop conversational skills in their chosen language at their own pace. Very advanced students may choose to improve their existing second language skills or add an additional language. (*If students are struggling with their core academics, this time will serve as a study and support block where students can meet with their teachers 1:1 for extra help). This will be primarily an indoor class.

  • Art/Maker Space is a time for students to play and create with various visual art mediums and invent with loose parts and robotics. There will be samples, suggestions, lessons and prompts for those that prefer more structure and guidance, but students are encouraged to let their creativity run wild in this class each day. This will be an indoor/outdoor class.


1) Students will begin their day by choosing from a creative selection of Wellness Wednesday activities focused on mind, body and/or spirit (aka mental health, physical health and/or emotional health).

2) In the mid-day Wednesday class, students will work on their long-term Changemaker projects which are student-driven group projects that make a real-life, positive impact on the school, greater community or world in some way.

3) Students are bused to our Forest School site or participate in another field trip every Wednesday afternoon.

To read about the differences between Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Education and Forest School see: www.calgarychangemakerschool.com/post/outdoor-learning-outdoor-education-and-forest-school-what-s-the-difference

Our application deadline is May 15th.


A Day in the Life of a Changemaker Student

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