At Odyssey Heights School for Girls, our Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education (OE3) program allows students to learn through hands-on, real world, engaging, multidisciplinary experiences. Students learn the majority of their science, geography, history, and art, as well as parts of their math, English, French, and technology curriculum on OE3 trips. All trips for grades 8-12 are linked to the Ontario Secondary School curriculum expectations .
The Ontario Secondary School Curriculum and OE3
An OE3 focused curriculum actually meets and exceeds the Ontario Secondary School curriculum better than conventional “chalk and talk”, and textbook focused courses.
GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
The Ontario Secondary Curriculum in Canada and World Studies (Geography, History, …) requires the inquiry process be used:
“The inquiry process consists of five components:
• formulating questions
• gathering and organizing information, evidence, and/or data
• interpreting and analyzing information, evidence, and/or data
• evaluating information, evidence, and/or data and drawing conclusions
• communicating findings and/or plans of action”
Participating in actual fieldwork meets the requirements far better than a textbook based approach. Real world research requires students to think deeply about their topics, and engages students in memorable experiences. Visiting historical ruins such as pioneer cabins (like the chimney photo on this page), logging camps, and WWII prisoner of war camps in Killarney Park and Algonquin Park makes history “real” for students.
Math comes alive when it is made relevant and practical. The OE3 program provides a multitude of opportunities to learn and apply math. From measuring distances hiked, canoed, snowshoed, skied, or rode and the time it took to do so, students get hands on experience calculating distance verses time. Hiking, and portaging up and down hills in Algonquin and Killarney Parks after using maps to calculate the slopes involved turns abstract algebra concepts into useful concepts. It also allows students who learn by moving to experience math with their whole body.
In Senior School, students learn trigonometry primarily through surveying natural areas - using real methods that engineers, cartographers, foresters, and other scientists use. In fact, part of the grade 10 and 11 trigonometry tests outside applying their math knowledge to real world word problems - such as measuring heights of trees without climbing them.
Green and Environmental technology is one of the most important areas of the Ontario technology curriculum, is vitally important in having a sustainable planet for future generations, and is a rapidly growing career field. The OE3 program gives Odyssey Heights students experience using green and environmental technology skills - including: environmental surveying, creating solar and fuel cell powered devices.
Computer Coding, Networking, Hardware Building, and Electronics
Two POGO weeks every year are dedicated to “Totally Terrific Technology” (T3). All of the curriculum expectations for grade 9 Exploring Technologies Part I [TIJ1O Part I], and half of the expectations for: grade 11-12 University Preparation Computer Science [ICS3U/4U], grades 10-12 Communications Technology [TJG2O, TJG3O/4O], and grades 10-12 Computer Technology [TEJ2O, TEJ3M/4M] are covered during the two Totally Terrific Technology POGO Weeks, and field work focused on Green Technologies.
Over 70% of the curriculum for grades 9 and 10 Academic Science (SNC1D/SNC2D) courses is completed during OE3 overnight trip, and POGO weeks and days. As a result, grade 9 science is an excellent example of how the OE3 program at Odyssey Heights School for Girls meets and exceeds the Ontario secondary school curriculum expectations.
[A detailed description of grade 9 academic science and OE3 will be added the week of, June 10-17th as part of our website update. This includes more content in the section below.]
SCIENCE - CONNECTING MONTESSORI SECONDARY I & II COURSES IN:
AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
MICRO-ECONOMY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP