Do you have a creative approach to teaching history? We want to hear from you!
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 award. Six recipients will receive:
an individual cash prize of $2500
$1000 for their school
a medal awarded by His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston
a trip for two to Ottawa to attend the award ceremony at Rideau Hall, and the Canada's History Forum and celebration dinner at the Canadian War Museum
a trip to Europe on an EF Tours Canada's History Travel Tour. Recipients will depart on April 28, 2015 for a ten-day tour of First and Second World War battlefields in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Start your application today! Deadline for completed submissions is May 20, 2014.
If you would like to nominate a teacher for the award, simply complete the online nomination form.
The idea for the project “My Place in Canadian History: Digital Storytelling with Historical Thinking Concepts” came from a simple question that was extremely relevant to both Stefano Fornazzari San Martín and Daraius M. Bharucha, given their own journeys to Canada.
Milena Ivkovic believes her students should be given opportunities to make real meaning out of history, not just learn about it. By analyzing primary source documents from multiple perspectives, she encourages students to grapple with history, to dig deeper into it, and to develop a greater understanding of what these sources tell us about our history and ourselves.
Brian Jaffray has taught in the Northwest Territories for more than twenty-nine years. During that time he has tried to provide his students with tools to encourage first-person research projects about Canadian history. But in the North, this can be challenging. Dene culture has traditionally been transmitted orally, in the Slavey language.
Early in his teaching career Scott Masters noticed that his students often had few opportunities to connect with past generations. He made it his mission to bridge that gap. Starting with inviting individual speakers into his classroom, his project slowly grew into the Crestwood Oral History Project.
Effectively teaching her young students about the unique historical relationship between indigenous and non-native people of Canada was the motivation for Elizabeth Phipps when she started her Saskatchewan landscape project. Together her students created and developed a living landscape of Saskatchewan that focused on the history of First Nations, the Métis and European settlers.
For Janet Thompson, the best way to engage students is to give them opportunities to be actively involved in their learning by thinking like historians. It’s this passion for teaching historical thinking that drives her in the classroom.