• Kristi Kraychy

A Day in the Life of a Changemaker Student

Updated: May 20


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 a time for students and teachers to transition into the school day with a focus on relationship building and connection.


  • Math/STEAM takes 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 as an exploration of the 'Topic of the Week', announcements, celebrations, and working together to solve problems.


  • English Language Arts/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/Dance we will be exploring classical and contemporary forms of dance and creative movement, musical theatre, STOMP percussion, ukelele, drama games, storytelling, and music composition. The emphasis is on self-expression, building confidence and understanding how performance techniques can improve public speaking and leadership skills. Performing Arts are integrated into our timetable daily and are held both indoors and out.


  • In Physical Education/Outdoor Education we learn about and practice a variety of sports and outdoor recreation activities, develop physical literacy and coordination, understand teamwork and good sportsmanship, improve leadership skills, invent games, and become responsible outdoor enthusiasts. Our physical education and outdoor education classes are held 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 in a self-directed environment. (NOTE: *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 and technology-focused class.


  • Integrated Studies, Project Block & Art/Maker Space is a time for students and their teachers to explore STEAM projects (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) and dig into cultural and social studies. Students are often encouraged to follow their own interests to come up with something meaningful to them.


*This sample timetable was taken from the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2021-22 school year, Choice Clubs will take place on Friday afternoons but Forest School will continue on Wednesdays.



WELLNESS WEDNESDAY:


1) Students begin their day by working with an Artist in Residence or 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 sometimes work on their long-term Changemaker & Leadership projects which are student-driven multi-age 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


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A Day in the Life of a Changemaker Student


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