Engaging! Exhilarating! And yes Exhausting! – All worth it.
Recently our Grade 2 class had this opportunity with Calgary Campus Chevron Open Minds at Stampede School!
We started our year with finding that one big idea for our year, engaging students in all areas of their learning. Our question for this year became “How can we create sustainable community by looking at the past”. In class students looked at this with Little Green Thumbs, Museum artifacts, communities across Canada, looking at the past and present. We questioned what worked, what we can learn from others, and what we can do to sustain our own community in the future.
Our week finally arrived and excitement soared! The buzz of the student’s energy was electric! Students were given the opportunity to meet real horses, learn from Blackfoot Blood Tribe Members, develop an understanding of the impact the Flood of 2013 had on our city and Stampede, and how they have come to improve its sustainability through this experience, and sustainability in our agriculture and farming industry through the Grain Academy and Aggie Days. Hands on learning all day long, an experience they will never forget!
We feel so lucky to have had this opportunity and are grateful to all who were involved in making this possible! THANK YOU!!!!
Rachael Tipper and Jennifer Stuart teach as a team looping with their students from Grade 1 to Grade 2 every year at Evergreen School. They love delving into big ideas, as they believe small children are capable of big thinking!