- For teachers of all grades: WRM 2016-17 Education Programs.pdf
- For Grade 10 History teachers: Great War Education Day.pdf
- For Grade 5-8 teachers: WRM Forest Festival.pdf
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.
Some good points of discussion in the comments below the article.
Perhaps a good experiment to try in the classroom!
Diversity and Dreaming Big
- 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.
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.
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!
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.