The ICE School
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The Edmonton Oilers ICE School
program is a site-based educational initiative that
gives teachers and students in Edmonton the opportunity
to move their classrooms into a new environment.
For an entire week, classes are
staged at the Skyreach Centre and Northlands Park. Ten
classes from Grades 2-6 participated in 2002-03, the
pilot year of the program. Over 20 classes are slated to
take part in 2003-04.
Activities are tailor-made for each
teacherís needs and are chosen to fit curricular
objectives. The week serves as a catalyst for long-term
interdisciplinary study at school and promotes critical
thinking and problem solving skills for students as they
interact with the real world.
The ICE School has an experienced
educator acting as a liaison between Skyreach/Northlands
and the classroom teacher. Business, community and
educational partners collaborate in an effort to
facilitate student learning within and beyond the
Parts of the program include studying
the social and cultural roles of hockey in communities
ICE School organizers believe
positive learning occurs when:
- Experiences are concrete, real and meaningful.
- Time is provided for observation and reflection.
- Connections are made between topics, concepts and skills.
- Opportunities for individual choice are built into the curriculum.
Study plans include daily reflection
and journal writing; biography; research; data
collection and measurement; community history;
provincial studies; life roles/career development and