What your teen is learning
Grade 8 students will learn about accepting themselves as they are—as different from others! They will examine the relationship between choices and consequences and see how some choices can have very bad results—like smoking, or drinking and driving. Your teen will study what makes someone a good leader and example for others, and what a good group/team member looks like. By looking at career information, they’ll begin to set career goals for themselves. For more about Grade 8 Health and Life Skills, refer to the program of studies.
Human Sexuality Education
Schools are required to offer human sexuality education in Grade 4 to Grade 9. Parents have the right to exempt their child from this instruction. Schools will provide alternative learning experiences for those students who have been exempted from human sexuality instruction.
How your teen is assessed
Your teen’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your teen’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your teen is doing throughout the course. The teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your teen. At the end of the course, your teen is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.
Resources to help your teen
A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.