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Central Alberta Heritage Schools Fair
Teachers Through Time
With our project, we looked at teachers from 1900s–1950s, 1950s–1990s to teachers from today. We wanted to find out the differences and similarities in what they wore, how much they were paid, how they punished students, what they used to teach with and what they liked best and was their hardest part about the job.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing we learned was how hard teachers work. Teachers in the early 1900s had to not only teach, they had to shovel the coal into the stove to heat the one room schoolhouse. Teachers today have to work hard to find ways to get all the students interested in what they are learning.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
We learned that teachers were a very important part of Canadian history. Through all our research we learned that teachers throughout time all loved to work with children. But they were different in many ways in how they punished students and how much money they were paid.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
As students, we haven't thought about what it is like to be a teacher. A teacher needs to be intelligent and very patient to work with children. We don't think we have enough patience to be teachers. We now appreciate everything teachers do in our school.