Building Community in Calgary Classrooms

Building Community in Calgary Classrooms

Building Community in Calgary Classrooms is a collaborative opportunity with schools across the city of Calgary. This three-week service-learning placement gives students entering their final year of the program the chance to work alongside teachers as they begin a new school year. Participants support the school start-up process and work with teachers to develop classroom community and foster relationships with students from August until mid-September.

Participants have the opportunity to actively engage in classroom settings, based on the needs of each class. Participants are also encouraged to become involved in other aspects of the school community during and after their service placement to give them a broader sense of how to develop community in different settings.

Who?

For students entering their EDUC 500s in Fall semester.

Working with students K-12 depending on the school/teacher/classroom you are paired with

What?

School-based program

Focus on building relationships in the first month of the school year

When?

Weekdays during school hours

Traditional Calendar Schools: late August to late September

Modified Calendar Schools: mid August to mid/late September

 

Where?

Various schools throughout Calgary

Logistics


What's Involved

  • Participants will meet their school partners before the school year begins to begin developing their relationship and learning about how schools prepare for the start of a new school year. These activities may include supporting teachers as they prepare for the new term, attending in-service sessions, and brainstorming community-building activities for the start of the term.
  • Pre-service teachers will volunteer in classrooms in the school during the first three-four weeks of school. In-classroom activities will focus on active engagement in a classroom setting and may include working with students one-on-one and in small groups or supporting teachers as they develop community in their classrooms.
  • Students who are interested in continuing their placements after the first three weeks of the semester are encouraged to discuss this possibility with the teachers they are working with. While this may not be an option for all students, it is sometimes possible to transition the placement into an ongoing classroom support/coaching role.

Requirements

  • Participating pre-service teachers must have successfully completed Field 2 and be entering the final year of their BEd program.
  • Participants must be available and in Calgary during the dates of their placement. This includes being available during UCalgary Block Week (late August) and UCalgary Orientation week (early September).
  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. For some schools, this police check must be separate from the one students received for their Field Placements. Further details will be provided once students are matched to the program.

Please Note

  • While we encourage students to engage in their school community after this placement has ended, we are not able to guarantee that students will be placed with the same school/teacher during their Field 3 placement.
  • When your BCCC placement takes place depends on whether you are placed in a school running on the traditional calendar or a modified calendar.

Making Connections

Pre-service teachers will participate in a group meeting at the end of their placement (approximately 1 hour). This group meeting will provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to reflect on the service-learning experience, and to guide improvements for the program.

CBE Modified Calendar Dates

  • Werklund Orientation: August 2, 2022 at 10 am
  • School Orientation and Prep: mid August
  • In-School Placement: mid August - mid September
  • The details of your in-school placements (e.g., whether they're all-day, half-day, in 1 classroom or several classrooms) will depend on participant availability and the school/teachers' needs
  • Group Reflection Session: October 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm

CBE and CSSD Traditional Calendar Dates

  • Werklund Orientation: August 2, 2022 at 10 am
  • School Orientation and Prep: End of August
  • In-School Placement: Late August - early October
  • The details of your in-school placements (e.g., whether they're all-day, half-day, in 1 classroom or several classrooms) will depend on participant availability and the school/teachers' needs
  • Group Reflection Session: October 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm

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Applications for Fall 2023 will open Spring 2023.

We got to see how teachers prepare for their first day and also how they begin establishing relationships with their students. It was also interesting to see the 'hiccups' in preparing for the first day and how the admin and teachers worked together to get through it.

BCCC Participant

It takes a few years for most teachers before they experience what we got to experience. Many teachers would feel overwhelmed in a new school at a new position. The advantage this placement has given us is that it's shown us how things work behind the scenes before the students come in and how important it is to have things setup correctly.

BCCC Participant