Welcome to Mr. Bates' Homepage

I'm in my second year at Bert Church High School where I teach Social 9-30 and in my 8th year overall where have I've had the privilage of teaching over 30 courses.

I completed a Master of Education at the University of Calgary with a focus on Educational Research, Bachelor of Arts at Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University.

I am passionate about being able to create and support extra-curricular opportunities for students and am proud to be the Head Coach of the Chargers Football program.

This year I will be teaching Social 9, 10, 20, 30. I enjoy teaching these courses as we are able to look at signficiant current events and apply multiple perspectives to both historical and contemporary events and ideologies.  We are developing skills to be able to interpret these multiple perspectives while also being able to express our own ideas.  We will be critical of the bias represented in multiple media platforms in order to work our way towards understanding the ideolgies that lead to the depiction of these events.


Some of my core values within the classroom include:


  1. Give your best effort.  No matter your ability level, if you are willing to try and take chances, then you are destined to see improvements
  2. Be responsible for your learning.  All course materials will be found on Google Classroom.  If you miss instructional time, it is your responsibility to look on Classroom or to touch base with me to see what content you missed.  Use flex time to help address missed content as well.
  3. Find your passion.  The best part of Social Studies and is that we often look at big topics that you can then choose more specific components within to focus on and enhance your learning.  You are in control of your learning alongside my support!
  4. I am a big believer in collaborative learning. From the layout of my classroom, to the structure of the classes, there is a focus on sharing ideas with others and gaining a better understanding of different perspectives. Be respectful of the beliefs and values of others and try to develop a sense of empathy for perspectives that may differ from your own.  Having diverse experiences and beliefs within the class is a huge advantage for our collective learning.
  5. Have fun! Social Studies should be about learning new things and encouraging you to learn about new places, ideologies and reflect upon what you already know.  I hope that what you learn in my courses will motivate you to travel both physically and mentally beyond your comfort zone!


Please don’t hesitate to email me or contact me by phone at BCHS with any questions.  Chat with me to get the Google Classroom code for students’ respective courses.



Mail: mbates@rockyview.ab.ca

Phone: 403-948-3800

CURRICULUM - Dictated by Alberta Education




PowerSchool Parent How-To Guide: http://bertchurch.rockyview.ab.ca/parents/powerschool

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