Grade 4 students at West Springs School began their school year immersed in the ideas of healthy living and habits of mind in preparation for their week at Campus Calgary Healthy Living School at Vivo. Their innovative teachers Becky Jackson, Lori Braun and Andrew Lawson created a year of inquiry around Art Costa’s 16 Habits of Mind. Through these, students began to investigate the habits of successful people and in turn became experts on identifying these within themselves and others.
Their weeks at Campus Calgary Healthy Living School matched students with experts to uncover the curriculum. They participated in active breaks with activities that included yoga, DancePlay, swimming and Zumba. Students became advocates for bringing the effect of these back to their school, their family and community. Students also worked alongside experts at Vivo such as Search and Rescue members, a community Police Officer, National Sport School athletes and Panther Physiotherapy Clinic to gain further evidence of the importance of healthy habits.
One class was invited to represent their school and share their generational voice at the Leadership Roundtable 2.0 hosted by Vivo, Mount Royal University and The City of Calgary. The adult change makers at this event valued and appreciated their expertise and knowledge sharing. A truly collaborative initiative, student voice was a powerful addition to this event.
The following day, all three classes celebrated with a Healthy Living Expo at West Springs School. All classes, parents and community were invited to attend to interact with the students and their informational and interactive displays. The learning continues through the year as students expand on their ways of knowing and application of healthy living choices.