Goal 1: To improve student achievement Why do student-driven learning opportunities lead to improved engagement and achievement? When students are given choice, a chance to explore and permission to make mistakes (and messes), the possibilities are endless! Check out two unique and vastly different examples of hands-on, student-centred learning below. Mission Accomplished: Graham Creighton Junior High Goes to Space This year, Grade 9 students in the Discovering Opportunities (DO) class at Graham Creighton Junior High School wanted to do something big… REALLY big! DO is a program funded by EECD to familiarize Grade 9 students with modern careers, including trades, technology and apprenticeship. As a class, they decided they wanted to take their school to space in a giant weather balloon. Find out what the class did, what they learned and where the balloon landed in the video to the left. Below, find a video of the balloon’s journey taken from the GoPro camera inside the capsule. (Video credit: Allie Munro) Atlantic Memorial-Terence Bay Students CREATE! Atlantic Memorial-Terence Bay (AMTB) School welcomes students, staff and visitors with an entry way beautifully decorated with children’s art. You’re greeted by a giant paper mache inukshuk as you walk to the gym, brightly painted ceiling tiles in the lunchroom and library as well as a life-sized grandfather clock in the main office. That’s because each spring, for more than 20 years, the AMTB holds a school-wide series of multi-age workshops to celebrate student art and creativity. Collaborative student works from CREATE then become permanent fixtures throughout the school. For four mornings over a period of four weeks, students take part in a workshop of their choosing led by staff, artists, community volunteers, and local businesses and organizations. Projects are designed to be appropriate to developing levels of skills, interest and understanding. The school then holds a CREATE Showcase for the community. What does CREATE mean to students? 3