Buffalo Trail Public Schools is proud to be collaborating with the Galileo Educational Network, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, to support the BTPS mission of “maximizing student learning in a safe and caring environment supported by a highly effective team.” Galileo provides professional learning opportunities throughout the year for BTPS teachers who fulfill the role of Peer Instructional Coaches to continue to build their expertise in designing intellectually engaging learning opportunities for students. The following videos showcase student projects designed by BTPS teachers:
Title: Writing Engaging Stories
Task: In this Grade 6 discipline-based inquiry, students were tasked with taking under-circulated books from the school’s library and completely revamping them in order to encourage more students to choose these books to read. By mirroring the processes that an author would go through, students carefully and thoughtfully recreated new stories that played off of the original. Using exemplars and formative assessment to guide their work throughout the process, students were deeply engaged in the writing process and successfully reintroduced their books to the school library for circulation.
Title: Catapult Engineering
Task: This video, created by teacher Nicole Cey, is a clear example of making teacher and student learning visible, as well as how thoughtful task design can lead to deeper student understanding and engagement. In this task, students were challenged with designing and building a catapult that could launch a ball a minimum of five meters. From the onset, students were expected to behave and think like engineers; this included coming up with an initial design, modifying it based on feedback and new learnings, building a prototype, testing and tweaking their catapults multiple times, and using design software to create accurate blueprints. In the end, all students were successful, and also came away with a deep understanding of the scientific concepts at play.
Title: Community Mapmakers
Task: In this Grade 1 discipline-based inquiry, students were tasked with creating a community map identifying and describing important features or landmarks within Edgerton. Students collectively identified the ways in which they and their families belong in our community, recognizing the value of this knowledge and the importance of making this knowledge accessible to families and who are new to our community. This idea became the hook used to engage students in their learning; it also made the learning purposeful, authentic and engaging for students. The children gradually furthered their understanding of the community of Edgerton by extending their pre-existing knowledge and understanding, developed from years of real-life experiences within the community. Throughout the project, students worked through various sub-tasks including: identifying and describing key features (based on their own personal experiences, reflecting, and considering how this feature or landmark may be of importance to new members of the community), taking photographs, researching in order to fully understand the history of various features or landmarks, as well as locating them on a map. Finally, students compiled all the gathered information on the Google Map to be shared with the Village of Edgerton.
Title: Bridge Builders
Task: In this Grade 7 Science unit, students were given the opportunity to explore the discipline of engineering. The students’ task was to use their knowledge and understanding of engineering principles to construct a bridge which could be used to replace the current bridge North of Vermilion on Pare Drive. In groups, students designed their own bridges using concepts obtained from mini-lessons on structures and forces. Students created to-scale plans of their bridges on white board tables where they could easily show their learning to their peers and their teacher for feedback. Once a plan was agreed upon, students created 3D versions of their bridges using the online 3D design program called Tinkercad. An engineer was invited to give students feedback on their first designs. Students then created their final 3D version of their bridge and printed it using 3D printers. Finally, students made hypotheses about the strength of their bridge predicting any weak spots which might break under the strain of a force and tested their hypotheses.
- The Buffalo Trail school board provides transportation and supervision for every grade 10 student in the division to attend the Try-a-Trade event in Lloydminster each May. This one day event features over 100 different trades and students are given hands on opportunities to find out about the skills needed for these trades
- Take Our Kids to Work
- Take Our Kids to WorkTM is an annual national program in which Grade 9 students are hosted by parents, friends, relatives and volunteers at workplaces across the country every November. The program supports career development by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own future. Buffalo Trail students in grade 9 are given this opportunity.
- Career and College Fairs
- The majority of high school students in Buffalo Trail High Schools are given opportunities to attend Career and College Fairs to find out more information about the world of post secondary education. Some of our high schools host their own career days and others attend larger events .
- Off-Campus Programs in Work Experience
- Buffalo Trail high school students are asked to take the basic work safety course HCS 3000 for one credit and are encouraged to take credit courses in Work Experience, Green Certificate, or Registered Apprenticeship to get hands on experience in the world of work by meeting outcomes in personal management, resource management, ethics, interpersonal relations, teamwork, leadership, and responsibility.
- Development of a career portfolio in Junior High Health and Senior High Career and Life Management classes.
- In these classes, students reflect on their interest, aptitudes, values, work preference and goals. They assess their essential competencies and establish action plans for improvement.
- Green Certificate
- Partnerships & Services
- Registered Apprenticeship Program
- Students Online
- Work Experience