Multidisciplinary Work at Belvedere Parkway School
This year, my colleagues from Belvedere Parkway School and I have been working with three such individuals—Paul Kelba, Stephanie Anastasiadis, and Barbra Horsefall—to plan a year-long series of interdisciplinary experiences which centre around outdoor education and indigenous perspectives. Since September, our classes have taken on orienteering and scavination challenges, played raccoon games, interacted with indigenous artifacts, learned cross-country skiing skills, and attended the CBE’s Circle of Nations Museum.
On Friday, February 5, months of planning and preparatory activities culminated in an adventure at Bowness Park, which is a short walk from the school. Under the general direction of Kelba, students had the opportunity to cook bannock over an open fire and to build “micro” shelters (big enough to house and protect a Lego man) from foraged materials. In addition, Anastasiadis and Horsefall led the students in a drumming circle inside the yurt Kelba erected in the park.
This field experience brought indigenous culture and outdoor education together, and, in doing so, provided the students with a real-life, hands-on understanding of the history of our piece of southern Alberta.
We look forward to more exciting opportunities with Kelba, Anastasiadis, and Horsefall in the coming months.
Amanda Hansen, on behalf of Dolores Gillon, Karen Loor, Deb Dunham, and Erin Bodner
Amanda Hansen teaches Grades 5 and 6 at Belvedere Parkway School.