Social Studies Teachers Association

Engaging Narratives

Friday, October 27, 2017




Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Conference Schedule

Friday, October 27, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Conference Registration - Sobey Building
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address - Loyola Conference Hall
The Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Workshops in Session A
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tour of Exhibits - Loyola Conference Hall
Nutrition Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshops in Session B
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Boxed Lunch - Loyola Conference Hall
1:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Workshops in Session C
2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. SSTA General Meeting - Loyola Conference Hall
Delegate Receipts Issued

Some sessions have limited enrollment so please register early.


Parking will be limited!
Participants are encouraged to plan ahead, carpool, and arrive early.

Registration Information:

SSTA Conference fee $100.00 (includes lunch)
Substitute / student/ retired registration $50.00 (includes lunch)

All registration questions should be directed to:

Lunch is served on site at Saint Mary's and consists of a "Gourmet boxed lunch" including a variety of sandwiches/wraps, a salad, fruite, homemade sweet, and a beverage.  Vegetarian options are available on the lunch table and do not need to be reserved.  When registering you will be asked to select from one of the following meal options:

  • Regular lunch (no specific dietary reservation)
  • Gluten-free reserved lunch
  • Dairy-free reserved lunch
  • Gluten-free/dairy free reserved lunch

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Keynote Speaker

The Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE

In 1993, Canadian politician Jean Augustine became the first Black woman elected to the Parliament of Canada. An energetic advocate of social justice, she worked as the principal of an elementary school before entering federal politics. Among her accomplishments as an MP was the introduction of a motion, passed unanimously, to have February proclaimed as Black History Month in Canada.

Born in St. George's, Grenada, Jean Augustine was a qualified teacher when she arrived in Canada in 1959, but had to work as a domestic and shoe clerk before earning an Ontario Teacher's Certificate. After completing a Master of Education degree, Ms. Augustine became a school principal and supported many social causes through her involvement in boards such as that of The Hospital for Sick Children. She also served as the National President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada. She holds an honourary doctorate of law from the University of Toronto.

During her years as a federal member of parliament, The Honourable Jean Augustine served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada, Chair of the National Liberal Women's Caucus, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women, Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Deputy Speaker. In March 2007 she became the first Fairness Commissioner for the province of Ontario, a position she held until 2014. The mother of two daughters, Jean Augustine is the recipient of numerous awards--including the 1994 Canadian Black Achievement Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction and the Kaye Livingstone Award for support of issues relating to Black women. Ms. Augustine has worked on many initiatives related to youth, noting that "racism is the most significant barrier to the successful integration of newcomer black youths to Canada." The Jean Augustine Scholarship Fund, established in honour of Ms. Augustine, provides help to single mothers studying at George Brown College in Toronto.

Ms. Augustine is a recipient of the Order of Canada for her distinguished career as an educator, politician and advocate for social justice in Canada.

Workshop in Session P – Thursday, October 26 (7:00 p.m.) – Saturday, October 28 (7:00 p.m.)

P1:   Peace: We Belong – Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site
(A special location workshop for the SSTA Conference)

This workshop is now full.  If you would like your name on a waiting list, please REGISTER for the conference and make OTHER CHOICES and then email with "WAIT LIST PEACE WORKSHOP" in the subject line.

Location for this workshop only: Pugwash, NS – Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site – Accommodation included  (Limit: 10)

Facilitators:  Pamela Van Dommelen, Dr. TL Sullivan School, peaceful classroom practitioner and writer, Peace mini-institute alumna 2016; Teresa Kewachuk, Pugwash District High School, Thinkers Lodge  Community Liaison and  Governor Generals' Sovereign Award in 2016 and Wendy Driscoll, President Social Studies Teachers Association of Nova Scotia, Peace Education Summer Institute  alumna 2013

This special program begins Thursday evening October 26 and runs until after supper Saturday October 28. Participants who are committed to the entire 48 hours are welcome to register.    Inspired by Peace Institute Program founder Sherida Hassanali, the mini-institute specializes in “teaching teachers” how to inspire students in their own classrooms, schools and communities to actively engage in the peace process. Through holistic, critical deconstruction and exploration, participants are challenged to understand the concept of peace by actively engaging in authentic, hands-on, reflective, participatory experiential learning.

From last year…

  • it was a great privilege to stay in this historic and beautiful place
  • well-organized with time for listening, speaking, activity and relaxation
  • our facilitator, Sherry Hassanali, was inspiring, as a teacher, and as a person
  • back in my classroom,  I realize more and more how valuable the experience was.

For the same price as the regular conference, participants can register for Peace: We Belong and have two full days of professional and personal development. All food, accommodations at Thinkers Lodge, and course material are included thanks to a grant from D250.

Register here as usual and you will be contacted with further details. Again please note, participants must commit to Thursday October 26, 7:30pm to Saturday October 28, 7:00 pm.

Workshop in Session Q – All day Friday, October 27

Q1:  Hands-on Archaeology – Grand-Pre national Historic Site
(A special location workshop for the SSTA Conference)

This workshop is now full. If you would like your name on a waiting list, please REGISTER for the conference and make OTHER CHOICES and then email with “wait list” in the subject line.

Location for this workshop only: Grand Pre National Historic Site – Kings Co, NS  (Limit: 8)

Dr. Johnathan Fowler, Saint Mary’s University Archaeology Department

This special FULL-DAY workshop on Friday October 27, will allow teachers to get their hands dirty while investigating one of the region’s most storied communities. Jonathan has been conducting archaeological investigations at Grand-Pré for 17 years and in this workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade and the nature of the research process while working on an authentic colonial-era archaeological site. Join the team!
Register here as usual and you will be contacted with further details. Participants are responsible for their own transportation directly to the site and home (you do not need to come to SMU first).  Lunch is provided. Dr. Fowler notes that archaeology can be moderately physical demanding, and so participants are asked to consider their ability to fully engage in such activities.

Workshops in Session A  (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Maximum participants per session - 30 unless otherwise indicated

A1:    Gaelic Infusion – Where do I start? (secondary grades)
Melissa Shaw – Teacher, Citadel High School
This workshop provides an introduction to the Gaels for teachers incorporating the language, culture and history of the Gaels into their curriculum .   Although teachers are prepared (as per Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education 2015 and Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan 2017) to infuse Gaelic into their  curriculum, many have little previous knowledge about Gaelic history and culture, and many teachers are unsure as to what exactly they should be teaching regarding the Gaels.  This workshop will introduce teachers to the Gaels, explore curriculum resources and identify areas of support for teachers infusing Gaelic into their curriculum.
Grade Level: Appropriate for teachers of grades 7-9 and Gaelic Studies 11

A2:      African Nova Scotian Seafaring Traditions – Youth Research Project
Mark Sweeney, Adjunct Professor, Department of History Saint Mary’s University; Research Associate, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

The Youth Research Project is a workshop series that engages students with a research program on African Nova Scotian seafaring traditions and coastal communities.  The project connects students to materials that speak to the long-term involvement of African Nova Scotian communities in maritime life, while students’ local knowledge and interests drive their specific projects.  The workshop seeks to dismantle barriers between communities and government institutions and to involve youth in the process of re-centering heritage interpretation on historically marginalized communities.  The process helps refine research and analytical skills while discovering, uncovering, and recovering local, community and family histories.    
Grade Level: Appropriate for junior and senior high teacher

A3:       Mona Parsons: Heritage Day Hero
Martin Hubley, Curator of History NS Museum  & Barry Smith, Archival Assistant NS Archives

Mona Parsons, a native of Wolfville, NS who worked as an actress and nurse, is being commemorated on provincial Heritage Day 2018 for her role working with the Dutch Resistance in 1940, aiding downed Allied airmen in Holland at the start of the Second World War. Parsons showed incredible tenacity throughout her subsequent capture, trial and imprisonment by the Nazis, and her amazing escape from a prison in Germany in 1945 back to Allied lines in the Netherlands. There she was taken by locals, remarkably, to meet a regiment from her homeland, the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. Join Barry Smith from the Nova Scotia Archives and Martin Hubley from the Nova Scotia Museum to learn more about her story and the resources available for teaching the story of Canadian Second World War resistance fighters, such as Mona Parsons and other Canadian agents who worked behind enemy lines with various Resistance movements.
Grade Level: Appropriate for teachers of all grades

A4:      Geo-Inquiry with Online Mapping, Data & Analysis: ArcGIS Online
Ashleigh Harris, Education, Esri Canada

A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, an online mapping application with an abundance of free data, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital data, maps and apps.  You will leave this presentation with hands-on training in ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans!
This is a bring-your-own device workshop
Grade Level: Appropriate for all teachers, in particular grades 7-12

A5:       Landscapes, Lifescapes and (true) Stories: Why local histories matter 
Dr. Karly Kehoe, Department of HistorySaint Mary’s University

The Landscapes and Lifescapes project started in Scotland in 2014 and focused telling difficult-but-true stories. It brought academic researchers, teachers, archivists, and librarians to explore the links between Scottish Highlanders and plantation slavery in the Caribbean and Phase II of this project is now live in Nova Scotia. In providing an overview of this project, Karly Kehoe, will highlight how teachers and researchers can work together to help students use evidence to explore complex topics. She will also discuss the effectiveness of using local history to explore global developments.
Grade level: This workshop is most suitable for those teaching grades 9-12. 

A6:       Reading Film and TV: A Crash Course
Dr. Jennifer Vanderburgh, English Department, Saint Mary’s University
This workshop gives participants an introduction to terminology and techniques that can be used in the classroom to observe how films and television shows are put together in ways that communicate meaning. Participants will be introduced to technical terms used to discuss sound, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and narrative, and then apply these terms in a series of exercises and sample assignments
Grade level: Appropriate for teachers of junior and senior high

A7:       Engaging Narratives: Role-playing pedagogy in the History Classroom
Dr. Kirrily Freeman, History Department, Saint Mary’s University

Role-playing games can be an excellent tool for captivating students’ interest, motivating them to learn, and developing their critical reading, writing and speaking skills. Participants in this workshop will experience this approach for themselves by playing a short role-playing game set during the French Revolution. The game will be followed by a discussion of how to integrate this technique into the curriculum, and what role-playing can contribute to student learning and engagement.
Grade Level: Appropriate for all teachers, in particular grades 9-12

A8       Teaching Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: Challenges and Strategies
Dr. Shelagh Crooks, Philosophy Department, Saint Mary’s University  

Social study is a natural environment for the development of critical thinking skills in students. By their very nature, social problems are ill-defined and multi-faceted, and they require students to engage the problem evidentially, and to weigh the social and moral consequences of various, and, often, competing considerations. The discipline of Social Studies is more about questions than answers, and so, the student of Social Studies learns to raise and explore questions about beliefs, claims, evidence, definitions, conclusions, and actions and to make nuanced evaluations.
This workshop will provide teachers with an interactive discussion of a teaching  strategy that they might use in the classroom to develop students’ willingness to engage in deep-level, critical inquiry. This is a strategy by a number of Saint Mary’s faculty in the humanities and social sciences, including Dr. Crooks. She proposes to discuss why getting students to a place where they are comfortable with the ideas of inquiry and evaluation represents a significant challenge for students and educators alike.
Grade level: appropriate for teachers of junior and senior high Social Studies .

A9       Treading Carefully Between Burden, Fraud and Threat: The “(Un)Deserving Refugee” Discourse in Canadian Jurisprudence
Dr. Evie Tastsoglou, Professor of Sociology and International Development Studies
A legal and social science literature survey reveals that there are three main themes in the discourse on refugees in Canada, mainly refugees as “threat,” “fraud,” and “economic burden.” I treat these themes as social constructions and “ideal types.” I investigate how Canadian judges utilize the “un/deserving refugee” discourse in their decisions; what the meanings of this discourse are; and how such meanings impact on judges’ rulings. While the content analysis of court rulings reveals a majority of negative outcomes for the refugee claimant / applicant, the critical discourse analysis provides a more nuanced and carefully articulated response of Canadian judges. Such a response appears to balance public stereotypical conceptions of refugee claimants with human rights, Charter rights, and humanitarian considerations.
Grade level: appropriate for High School teachers

A10      Married Women and Litigation in England: Law, Status & Stories
Dr. Tim Stretton, Saint Mary’s University

For over 700 years English Law treated married women differently than other European legal systems. The Common Law idea of ‘coverture’ presumed married women to be legally ‘covered’ by their husbands, who took immediate ownership of their wives’ moveable property (their money, possessions, tools, livestock and clothing) and lifetime control of their real property (lands). This session will explore the history of married women’s legal status, the extent of husbands’ powers (exploding a few historical myths along the way) and examine some of the narratives married women and men presented in court proceedings.
Grade level: applicable to high school teachers, particularly History and Sociology

A11:     Kairos Blanket Exercise- The history we were rarely taught
Mary Rigby and Kairos Blanket Exercise Team

This 90 minute participatory exercise has two components- an initial 40-45 minute interactive drama and a 40-45 minute reflective Talking Circle led by an Indigenous Elder. The Canadian landscape is represented by blankets laid out on the floor and participants are asked to stand on the blanket and take on the role of the Indigenous people. You will participate in reading the story with the narrator and walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, and respond to the European colonizers. When the story line arrives at the doorstep of the present, the interactive drama is complete and then an Elder leads particpants through a talking or sharing circle.
Please note that this workshop is 90 minutes long. Therefore, you will not have a half-hour nutrition break but will rather proceed directly to your Session B workshop. Because of this schedule difference, we will have a nutrition break available to you at this workshop room at an appropriate time after the drama

Workshops in Session B (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

B1       Gaelic in the Classroom
Katherine Macleod, Highland Village Collections Assistant & Stacey MacLean, Gaelic Animator 

Within the last five years, there has been a great effort to connect students to the founding cultures of Nova Scotia through the new streamlined curriculum. Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village recognizes the needs of teachers to have ready-made cultural resources that can be used in the classroom. This workshop will show teachers how to introduce Gaelic in their classrooms using a Gaelic Workbook. The workbook will draw on Nova Scotia Gaelic idioms and themes found throughout the culture. Activities, lessons-plans and resource websites will provide students a chance to learn about the rich history of the Gael in Nova Scotia while engaging children in hands-on, interactive and fun cultural experiences, which we will demonstrate in this workshop. As well, we will outline the in-class and on-site programs available at Highland Village. Each program provides engaging activities that meet several outcomes as outlined in the most current version curriculum.
Grade level: Appropriate for teachers of all grades

B2        1917 Explosion Facts and Fiction (or Myths and Reality)
Janet Maybee, Author “Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey”, Retired teacher and Research Associate, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Since this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the explosion in Halifax Harbour, it seems likely that many teachers will be interested in gathering reliable information for their classes. There is much to be clarified in this event and Janet’s enthusiasm stems from the research that produced her book “Aftershock: the Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey”, winner of the 2016 Atlantic Book Award for Nonfiction. Join this workshop to consider how this story involves a clear example of changing the narrative to reflect new discoveries.
Grade level: Appropriate for grade 6-12

B3:       Africentric Resource Materials and How to Use Them- Engaging and involving students by inspiring historical curiosity and artistic creativity.
Nancy Sparks, former teacher and program advisor, Beatrice MacDonald, teacher and mentor, & Tony Colaiacovo, publishing consultant – The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute

The Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is committed to excellence in Africentric education and research. This workshop will review the Africentric resource materials developed by the DBDLI and discuss their use to further the learning outcomes for all students.
The African Nova Scotian History Challenges encourage discussion about African Nova Scotian history for all grade levels, and engage and involve all students by inspiring both historical curiosity and artistic creativity.
The ABC’s of Viola Desmond is a newly released early-reader history book that has quickly become a favourite of teachers and students alike. This beautifully illustrated book offers a unique and thoughtful portrayal of Viola’s story. The ABC’s of Viola Desmond was written and illustrated by students from grades 2 and 3 at William King Elementary School. The original, award-winning manuscript and illustrations for The ABC’s of Viola Desmond were submitted to the 2015 African Nova Scotian History Challenges.
In this workshop, Nancy Sparks will demonstrate how to use DBDLI resource materials to further the outcomes for all students and Beatrice MacDonald will share the unique and effective strategy that she and her students used to create the manuscript for The ABC’s of Viola Desmond.
Grade level: Appropriate for teachers of all grades.

B4:       Storytelling with Maps
Ashleigh Harris, Education, Esri Canada

Story Maps are Web maps that incorporate text, multimedia, and interactive functions to inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a wide variety of topics.  By using maps to tell a story, students will become more geographically aware; they will better understand the interconnectedness that makes the world work; and they will become better world citizens.  Join this presentation to learn how you can create and use Story Maps in your teaching. Take a look at the Story Maps website to learn more:
This is a bring-you-own-device workshop
Grade Level: Appropriate for all teachers, in particular grades 7-12

B5:       It’s Easy to Participate, It’s Fun, and It’s Free: The Canadian Geography Challenge
Aaron Jackon, Teacher and Canadian Geography Coordinator, Caledonia Junior High, Evan Fingerhut, former Caledonia JH student and 5th place finisher in the 2017 Canadian Geography Challenge National Finals, & Sara Black, Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Geographic Education

Sara, Aaron and Evan will share three different perspectives of the Canadian Geography Challenge. Sara will discuss the overall details of the competition while Aaron will discuss how he and a colleague run the challenge in their school. In June 2017, Evan went to the Challenge finals in Ottawa for the second consecutive year. He will share the experiences he had there, as well as on the “Fins and Fiddles Cruise” which he won as 5th place finisher in 2017.
Grade level: appropriate for teachers of grade 4 to 10 (levels of the challenge are 4-6 & 7-10)

B6        Reading Beyond Borders: Normalizing Africa.
Dr. Gugu Hlongwane , English Department, Saint Mary’s University

The workshop will focus on how to best use African literature to dismantle barriers and to foster a better understanding of the continent and its people. This understanding requires a contextualization that should begin with trans-Atlantic slavery as well as Europe’s colonization of Africa in the late nineteenth century. To understand these devastating historical events is to understand the current arrangement of the world into first and third, so-called developed and underdeveloped. Important questions to ask: why do countries in the West know so little about modern Africa? How do African writers depict Africans as opposed to the depiction by non-Africans? Importantly, what are the stereotypes about Africa and what is literature’s role in moving away from what Chimamanda Adichie calls “a single story” of poor Africans who lack agency?
Grade Level: Appropriate to teachers of all grades

B7        Volunteering Abroad: Pitfalls, Contradictions and Alternatives
Dr. Rylan Higgins, Anthropology Department, Saint Mary's University
Volunteering abroad, especially that described as “voluntourism,” is marked by contradictions and pitfalls. Yet many students feel compelled to undertake such programs and educational institutions regularly promote them. This workshop will: (1) provide a critical perspective on volunteering abroad, (2) engage participants in discussion about how this critical perspective relates to their views, and (3) explore solutions or alternatives. Facilitated by an anthropologist with nearly two-decades of international experience, this workshop encourages educators to think critically and constructively about a growing concern across North America. Participants will gain insights for classroom lessons on global citizenship, social justice and critical thinking.
Grade Level: Applicable to teachers of all grades, but especially those teaching grade six and higher

B8        Teaching International Students at SMU: Strategies to Enhance Learning
Dr. Richard Field, Adjunct Professor in the Atlantic Canada Studies Program and Research Associate with the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies, Saint Mary’s University
Currently 30% of the undergraduates at Saint Mary’s are from foreign countries, many lacking adequate cognitive vocabulary and language skills to comprehend university-level courses in English. The current political climate means that our public schools are also facing a large influx of students from refugee backgrounds. This workshop will discuss various protocols developed to help international students cope with critical thinking and multidisciplinary methodologies. The classroom strategies include providing help from Professors and TA’s, engaging students with topics such as immigration, education, and differences in culture, employing translation apps, study guides, and creating an atmosphere of classroom support and interaction between Canadian and International students.  
Grade level: Appropriate for high school teacher, especially those who teacher international students

B9        Launching the inquiry
Audrey Davison, teacher, Halifax Regional School Board

Getting your students excited about a learning experience starts with the launch. There are many ways to introduce a theme or unit, and creating an engaging start can lead to real and engaging learning for everyone. What are your best ways?  Audrey Davis, a Social Studies/ELA teacher from Eastern Passage Education Centre will share some of her best practices, including a successful "breakout box" for launching an inquiry into human rights issues, among others. Teachers will have an opportunity to try some new launch ideas, as well as share with each other.
Grade level:  Applicable for: teachers of grades 6-10

B10      “Doing” History: Putting primary Sources to Work
Dr. Hayley Andrew, Senior Program and Education Coordinator, Historica Canada

Can primary source analysis improve digital literacy? For students growing up in a society with instant access tio information, the ability to read and assess the accuracy of content is an important skill to develop. One of the best ways to enhance this skill is to engage students in working with primary sources. This workshop will offer inquiry-based learning strategies to put historical evidence to work in the classroom. Join this workshop to learn about new ways to build primary source analysis into your teaching.
This is a bring your own device workshop
Grade Level: Appropriate for all teachers, in particular grades 7-12

Workshops in Session C: (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

C1      Gaelic Infusion – Where do I start? (elementary)
Beth-Anne MacEachen – Teacher, Citadel High School
This workshop provides an introduction to the Gaels for teachers incorporating the language, culture and history of the Gaels into their curriculum .   Although teachers are prepared (as per Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education 2015 and Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan 2017) to infuse Gaelic into their  curriculum, many have little previous knowledge about Gaelic history and culture, and many teachers are unsure as to what exactly they should be teaching regarding the Gaels.  This workshop will introduce teachers to the Gaels, explore curriculum resources and identify areas of support for teachers infusing Gaelic into their curriculum.
Grade level: suitable for teachers of grades P-6

C2:      Teaching Difficult Knowledge: Interpreting the Halifax Explosion for Young and Diverse Audiences
Roger Marsters and Mark Dunphy, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic/Nova Scotia Museum

The 100th anniversary of the Halifax Harbour Explosion presents educators with a series of challenges. How can we interpret the difficult realities of the disaster for younger audiences? How can we do so in a way that reflects the diversity of the communities impacted by the blast? This workshop offers activities and insight into how these concerns have been addressed in the past, and how they can inform our pedagogical approaches in the present. While focused on a specific series of events, the approaches outlined here will be applicable to a range of learning situations that are vital to understanding today’s world.
Grade level: Applicable to teachers of all grades

C3        Using Current Events to Develop Critical Thinking Skills
Dr. Ingrid Robinson, Assistant professor, St.FX University

This workshop identifies practices teachers can use to support the development of their students’ critical thinking skills through reading and interacting with current events. Various strategies will be shared and enacted to demonstrate how teachers can help their students develop an understanding of multiple perspectives and the necessity of teaching students to determine source reliability. These skills will enable students to more critically engage with social studies content. Through the use of lecture and hands-on group work, participants will come away with practical strategies for use in their classrooms.
Grade level: suitable for teachers of grade 7-12

C4        Google Earth: Taking Students on Field Trips Around the World!
Sara Black, Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Geographic Education

Come check out the new Google Earth and learn how students of all ages can explore the far corners of the world. This session will highlight the key features of the new Earth and provide you with examples and activity ideas on how to use this tool in the classroom
This is a “Bring Your Own Device” workshop.   (It will be useful but not essential to bring your own device.)
Grade level: teachers of all grades

C5      Try Judging/ Essayez
John Gann, retired teacher, Canadian Superior Court Judges Association

You can use this resource on Monday!! Firstly, this workshop will cover the primary reasons why the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association created this educational resource, and then identify its salient features. But the really neat experience will be when teachers put themselves into the shoes of students by putting themselves into the shoes of the judges in a virtual courtroom for one or two case studies. Oh yes, there will be some very useful handout materials.
Grade level: Suitable for teachers of grades 10-12, particularly Law.

C6      Telling Their Stories - Researching the Experiences of Canadian First World War Soldiers
Bruce MacDonald, Retired Social Studies Teacher

This session introduces participants to online sources available for researching the war service of First World War soldiers, through the story of Major Percival William Anderson, a Baddeck NS native who served with the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) at Vimy Ridge and Passchendale. The Presentation uses primary documents - particularly Canadian Expeditionary Force service records - to reconstruct Major Anderson's military service and provide an overview of the 85th's role in the historic battles. The workshop also outlines a suggested process for students to follow in carrying out research on soldiers from their communities and/or families, and a "template" for generating a final product.
Grade level: Applicable to Grade 9-12

C7      History Detectives: A new education program from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Kristine Kovacevic, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Experience, The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

This workshop will be a hands-on experience for teachers and administrators. It is specifically made for grades 6 to 9 and focuses on answering the question “How do we learn about the past?” We explore this question with students by looking a original documents and artifacts, encouraging them to look for clues and evidence. Sources are evaluated and motives, biases and stereotypes are examined as students piece together case students based on Canada’s immigration history.
Grade level: Suitable for teachers of grades 6-9

C8    Beyond the Theory – Practical Strategies and Activities to Implement Historical Thinking in the Classroom (Historical Thinking Summer Institute 2017)
Laura Cole, teacher, Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Looking for a quick, practical way to add more engagement and depth to your class? It can be overwhelming to sort through resources and detailed content in a History classroom! This workshop is a summary of the most important tools, resources, and activities discussed during the Historical Thinking Summer Institute 2017 held in Ottawa for Canada 150. Participants will be invited to try sample activities an learn simple ands-on strategies to implement “the Big 6” Historical Thinking concepts into their classroom. This workshop would be best-suited for teachers who are unfamiliar with “The Big 6”, but all participants are welcome
Grade level; suitable for teachers of grade 7-12, especially Canadian History 11

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