As educators, we know the big impact positive relationships between teachers and students have on learning, development and overall achievement.  Research supports the benefits of positive relationships between teachers and students as stated by John Hattie (2011), “The educator-student relationship has been found to be 
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Authentic Engagement is fostered when teachers design learning experiences that intellectually and emotionally engage students. This was the case, when the Grade 3 and Grade 6 students from Greentree Elementary School in Drumheller worked collaboratively to complete the Buddy Sled Challenge. Connecting to Science Greentree 
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There are limitless learning opportunities outside the classroom walls.   One example can be found with a teacher and her students who can regularly be found out in nature along the Makhabn (Bow River in Blackfoot).  Cross-curricular connections weave naturally into this type of place-based 
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Have you ever wondered how we, as teachers, can meaningfully connect our students with local experts in our community? There are a number of community members who have mastery knowledge in a variety of subjects tied to our curriculum, like museums. Why not take a 
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Providing cross-curricular opportunities for students can enrich the learning experience through authenticity and meaningful context.  It also allows for the transfer of concepts across disciplines. Cross-curricular opportunities can be between core classes, core and option classes, or between option classes. Cross-curricular learning highlights and honours 
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Powerful Learning encompasses many aspects, rooted in research and best practice, of what makes optimum learning experiences for students to reach deep understanding. Wheatland Crossing is a rural Kindergarten to Grade 12 school that has deliberately incorporated Powerful Learning across grade levels and subjects. Teachers 
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Future challenges and opportunities are difficult to anticipate; however, teachers in Golden Hills are constantly seeking ways to better prepare students for this uncertainty. What’s a solution? The Global Connections Certificate, a program developed by Golden Hills teachers and administrators. The program provides students with: 
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Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! There are gems of Powerful Learning in your units and lessons, so scrub the dirt off first. 1.   Start With What You Have, Set Goals, and Tweak Do you have a unit that you know is engaging 
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Our classrooms and schools are increasingly diverse and educators are often left wondering how to best accommodate individual student needs. The team at Drumheller Valley Secondary School (DVSS) saw a diverse group of students as an opportunity, and students thrived as a result.  This year, 
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A Cross-Curricular Approach Integrating two or more subjects together for a cross-curricular project isn’t always easy, but, when done right, it can be deeply impactful for students. Art and Language Arts can seem like a natural fit. However it is important for both curriculums to 
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