Waterloo Museum Field Trip Options

2016/2017 Education Programs:

Mini Museum Goers – Pre-school Program

Early Learning/Kindergarten Children are introduced to the gallery museum and community outings through fun activities on a variety of themes. Choose from program themes such as; Collecting, People in our Community, or Jobs and Working. Available January to April only. 1.5 hours, maximum 40 children.

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National Film Board: Black History Month

Diversity and Dreaming Big

Give your students an amazing opportunity to make their mark both in a diverse workplace and within their own communities. In our newest Virtual Classroom, highly accomplished Black professionals and community leaders—including Olympian and broadcast journalist Rosey Edeh and Toronto’s Poet Laureate and Governor General’s Award-winner Dr. George Elliott Clarke—will prepare participants to reach for their career goals with confidence, ambition and the support of outstanding mentors. They’ll also advise students on giving back to their own communities, sharing inspiring stories from their own experiences with an exciting variety of not-for-profit groups.
Taking place during Black History Month, this virtual classroom event is a joint initiative between Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the National Film Board of Canada and Toronto Heritage. It will celebrate the achievements of Black Canadians and help nurture respect for diversity. Students of all cultural backgrounds will be enriched by our virtual classroom: They’ll learn about the barriers members of Canada’s minority communities often face and about the outstanding contributions of Black Canadians to our society.
Students can send questions in advance to shape this discussion with an Olympian, a leadership trainer in the financial sector, a lawyer and a family doctor—each passionately committed to diverse community initiatives for Black youth.
  • The conversation will be moderated by Dr. George Elliott Clarke.
  • Students can participate from anywhere in Canada, on February 19,  2015, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST,
  • we stream live from Regent Park, Toronto—one of Canada’s most multicultural neighbourhoods.
  • Subscription fee: $50, or a special rate of $40 for CAMPUS subscribers.
Register today to set your students on the road toward a brilliant career!

The Dangers of the Single Story: Chimamanda Adichie

This was one of the issues I started off my grade 8 year with: the single story.  To summarize, when you don’t tell your own story, you a) allow other people to tell it for you, or b) don’t get it told at all.

We  talked about “HIStory” and the lack of a “HERstory”, and how the winners, or those in power often get to write history. I think it’s a valuable video for getting students to feel empowered and to take action.  For example, if you don’t vote, then you allow others to decide your future for you.

Also, in writing, it reminds students to write from their own personal experience.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of diasporan literature.


Is The Shepherd’s Grandaughter okay to read to Jewish students?

I’m wondering, would you read this book to your class if you had Jewish students? The book has won several awards and is highly recommended by Gregory Bryan in his book review:

One of the values of Carter’s book is that it presents events from the Palestinian perspective. What little is told in the Western World of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tends most often to carry a bias toward the Israeli perspective, coloured with the guise of Biblical Promised Lands. Young readers should be reminded that this book presents just one side of what is a complex, bloody story. The ills of the world will not be solved through the mere reading of books, but I think that Carter’s work provides an opportunity for middle and high school readers to gain further information about their world, helping to make them more knowledgeable, understanding (and, I suspect, compassionate) people.
Gregory Bryan teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, MB

If you have read this book, please post an opinion below!

Media that Matters

I was introduced to this great resource, Media that Matters, in Steve Sider’s Teaching for Equity and Diversity class (EU 403).  It hosts wonderful videos about important subjects that don’t get enough attention from mainstream media.

One video that we watched today was called, “A Girl Like Me” by Kiri Davis, which explores the standards of beauty imposed on today’s black girls and how this affects their self-image. One particularly poignant moment occurs when young black girls are are given their choice of dolls: a black one and a white one. Fifteen out of twenty-one girls chose the white one. What was worse, when asked to identify the “bad” baby, the girls picked up the black one. 

How does this relate to teaching?  It is important to be aware of the issues that are affecting our students and address them in the classroom.  Ensuring that your course material accurately reflects and appreciates the diversity in your classroom, and the diversity in the world, is an important first step to ensuring our children grow up equipped to live in our global society.

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