CBe-learn offers a full complement of middle/junior high school courses for full-time online learners. Students have the opportunity to experience a different learning structure, with subject-area specialists teaching each of the core curricular areas.
Students receive instruction and support in learning across the full Alberta Education Programs of Study:
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Health and Life Skills
- Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) components, scroll down for details
- French as a Second Language (FSL 7, 8 and 9, which are optional)
While all courses are hosted inside the Brightspace by D2L learning management system, our teachers also use Google Suite in a variety of capacities.
Parents, Teachers and Student: the Online Learning Team
The key members of the student’s Online Learning Team are the Student, Parent and Teacher.
Increased independence is an important element of the junior high developmental stage. Our experience has shown that students are most successful when independence is built gradually through consistent work habits, mutually supported in both the home and school environment.
Characteristics of a Successful Junior High CBe-learn Student
- Creates and follows their own learning plan with teacher and parent support
- Participates regularly each week by logging in daily, participating in scheduled synchronous learning opportunities, actively engaging with course content
- Demonstrates learning by completing assigned tasks
- Keeps an organized work space and consistent routine
- Communicates with teachers regularly
Parent / Guardian Responsibilities
- Ensure your child has the technical tools necessary.
- Help your child plan and maintain their schedule, adjusting where necessary
- Provide a quiet space for your child to focus on their school work each day
- Regularly review your child’s progress, using many available tools within D2L such as Grades, Assignment feedback, and Discussions
- Communicate regularly with the teacher
- Create dynamic, meaningful course content and design engaging learning tasks
- Support student learning in a variety of ways
- Communicate with students regularly, using both synchronous and asynchronous tools
- Provide timely formative and summative assessment for various learning tasks
- Host regular synchronous classroom sessions
- Communicate regularly with parents
A Typical Week
Similar to an in-person school, CBe-learn students at the junior high level can expect to dedicate a minimum of 20-25 hours per week to learning across all subjects. This will be distributed between both synchronous (live) and asynchronous learning activities. In addition to this, students may be assigned up to one hour of homework in the evening. There is a set schedule where students are expected to be online, learning in real time with their teacher.
Live Room / Bongo Schedule
Live Room (Bongo) is an online shared environment where students can communicate with teachers and share information in a visual and auditory way.
- There is a shared whiteboard space where files, drawings or presentations can be uploaded and shared.
- It uses voice technology, so with a headset or microphone, students are able to talk and listen directly to teachers or classmates.
- It can be used with the full class, small groups, or as a one-on-one communication tool when needed.
- It takes place in real-time, and can be much more dynamic than text-based communication methods.
There is a set schedule for when students are expected to be online for real-time learning and interaction, during the school day.
See below for additional details on some of the junior high courses offered.
In Grade 7, 8 and 9 science, students explore and investigate big questions related to the world around them. When students learn through the lens of science, they move beyond factual recall and develop the science-related attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to solve problems and make decisions. Students become lifelong learners through maintaining their sense of wonder about the world around them.
They explore, investigate and find out how things work in order to answer questions and satisfy their curiosities. Learning about science provides a framework for students to deepen their understanding and interpret the world around them. At each grade level, students explore topics related to: change; energy; matter; systems; interactions/relationships; forces; and diversity.
- Courses: Science 7, 8 and 9
In Grade 7, 8 and 9 social studies, students explore big questions related to citizenship and Identity. Students explore who they are in relation to others in their local, national and global communities.
At each grade level, students explore topics related to: Time, Continuity and Change; Power, Authority and Decision-Making; The Land: Places and People; Global connections; Economics and resources; and Culture and Community.
Learners inquire into issues and consider them from multiple perspectives. Teachers design learning opportunities so that students develop an appreciation of the communities in which they live today, and an awareness of how our past informs our decisions for the future.
- Courses: Social Studies 7, 8 and 9
Career and Technology Foundations (CTF)
Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) components are incorporated into other junior high core courses. Students plan, create, appraise, and communicate to explore interests and passions as they learn about various career possibilities and occupational areas.
The CTF program of studies was launched by Alberta Education to replace the previous complimentary course program of studies. At CBe-learn, junior high students take part in multidisciplinary project-based learning. The semester-long projects give students an exposure to many of the five occupational clusters:
- Human Services
- Resources, and
Within these five clusters, there are a wide wage of disciplines, such as foods, computing science, design studies, environmental stewardship, and construction, just to name a few.
Because the four central CTF processes (plan, create, appraise, and communicate) can be adapted to any topic of study, students are emphasizing universal skills and processes, which makes learning more meaningful and connected than ever. Hands-on, relevant, and purposeful learning is very important to the middle school learners.