Place Based Learning

Name of School:

Banded Peak

Our school is considered:


In five words or less, describe your prototype

Using the "Back 40" as a classroom

Insert an image that showcases your prototype.

How might we?:

How might we incorporate hands-on, authentic learning opportunities for all students?

Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.

What will we try?
  • With the support of community donors and stakeholders begin the conversation around enhancing/redeveloping the "Back 40"
  • Implement outdoor learning "buddies"; outdoor leadership students paired with younger students, teachers, and grades
  • Explore opportunities for all students to access our garden beds and surrounding natural spaces in rich, engaging, and meaningful ways connected to curriculum.
  • Access environmental expertas to facilitate learning; including business, scientific and most importantly indigenous experts from the Tsuut'ina Nation
  • Access "The Farm"

What will we keep our eye on?
  • Is there enhanced communication within the school and between the grades to promote cross curricular and cross grade connections?
  • Is work being done in the school being done in isolation; are we celebrating student and teacher success and making our experiences visible?
  • Are we ensuring that proper protocols are being adhered to when working with indigenous communities; are we sharing our learning with others?

How will we will document our results?
  • By capturing student and teacher voice/reflections
  • Examining environmental changes throughout the school
  • Celebrating individual growth in knowledge and skills
  • By making learning visible through the sharing of images, video, and stories on Twitter and Facebook; as well as through our school blog