Making Curriculum Relevant to Students in Real Life
EXPO is a new program at Connect Charter that was introduced last year and has started this year. EXPO was created for hands-on learning experiences and enhanced learning in topics students are already studying about. Classes go on trips or stay in their class where someone experienced in the profession teaches students and teachers more about the topic in inclusive ways. In Grade 6 EXPO, they have experienced: MRU journalist, Police Interpretive Centre, Ward 11 Candidates, Saw Mill, and Camp Sweet. A Grade 6 student, Teni, he reflected on his experience on EXPO: “Well at the Saw Mill, one thing that I learned was there obviously different ranks. There were people in warm glass boxes that would control lots of sophisticated mechanics. Then there were people down were it's loud hand flipping logs. I think EXPO has taught me that getting a job comes with a lot of steps. Learning about these professions made me aware that all jobs come with an certain amount of effort."
Students still learns the regular curriculum but their knowledge can deepen to a new understanding with these experiences. For example, the content on municipal governments became more real and relevant as the students participated in creating questions for the current candidates in Calgary’s Ward 11 municipal election. They learned about issues, terminology and the voting process. It was not only useful for students in school but when they are old enough to vote.
It also helps expose students to new ideas and different points of view on the same topic. This is important especially for students today and in the future because it brings a greater awareness like how life choices can have real impacts when they visited the Police Interpretative Centre. With the new EXPO program, students have the opportunity for insightful learning and an adventurous experience that can last a lifetime. It helps them become more well-rounded students who can think, inquire, interview and research to figure out the best outcomes to a specific question or problem.
Fawcett News Network
A collection of news articles written by students of 6.1 and 6.2