How to Teach About Canada's Residential Schools: A Model for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted by Cheryl Payne-Stevens on June 3, 2015

At the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report, the call to educate all Canadians about the treatment and legacy of the Indian Residential Schools was loud and clear.

Facing History high school teacher Cheryl Payne-Stevens embarked on this important (and daunting!) task with her students and shared her experience with us:

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Facing History and Ourselves, History, Canada, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, Lesson Ideas

Teaching “The Book of Negroes” Part III: Addressing Difficult Moments in History

Posted by Jasmine Wong on March 6, 2015

For the past few weeks, I have been thinking and writing about ways to bring The Book of Negroes into the classroom through discussions of identity, and a study of the history of race and slavery in America.

The first post offered ideas for establishing a safe classroom for discussing difficult ideas through contracting. It also offered a strategy for exploring names, identity, and the relationship we each have to the world. The second post built on the theme of identity by examining the beliefs we hold that separate us from others, and how our beliefs can influence the choices we make. This week, I want to address how teachers can bring the book’s difficult moments into the classroom safely.

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Topics: Facing History Resources, Facing History and Ourselves, History, "The Book of Negroes", Strategies, Lesson Ideas, Slavery, Literature

5 Remembrance Day Lesson Ideas That Deepen Student Learning

Posted by Jasmine Wong on November 9, 2014

Remembrance is an act of humanity and it is about humanity. At Facing History and Ourselves, we often ask ourselves, How do we help students (and ourselves) to remember more than names, dates, and battles? How do we help students to connect to the humanity: the people behind the names, the lives, ideas, and cultures lost, and the legacies that extend beyond the signing of a treaty that signals the end of war?

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Topics: Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves, History, Canada, Memorial, Middle School, Lesson Ideas, Literature

Turning a Classroom into a Museum

Posted by Julia R on November 5, 2014

Trips to the museum are a regular part of many history or humanities classrooms. A Facing History and Ourselves teacher in Waterdown and his Grade 11 Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity course students created one in their own classroom.

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Topics: Holocaust, Facing History and Ourselves, Canada, Innovative Classrooms, Museum Studies, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants, In the news, Inside a Genocide Classroom

Vote for Deb Brown. Here's Why.

Posted by Jasmine Wong on November 4, 2014

Meet Deborah Brown, one of the 20 finalists in our Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest.

Leora, Jeannette, Gillian, and I are so fortunate to work with so many amazing educators from across Canada: Educators who inspire us through their love for teaching, their enthusiasm for learning, and most of all, through their commitment to students. A number of individuals nominated one of these amazing teachers in this year's Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest: Her name is Deborah Brown and we want you to meet her.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves, Innovative Classrooms

Get Ready For Our New Name and New Look!

Posted by Jasmine Wong on October 23, 2014

Since we began our blog two years ago, our goal has always been to recognize the amazing work of the teachers we work with in Canada.

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Topics: News, Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves, Canada

Roger Brooks Named President and CEO of Facing History

Posted by Jasmine Wong on October 20, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves is pleased to share the following message to the Facing History community from Julie A. Leff and Tracy Palandjian, Co-Chairs of Facing History’s Board of Directors, and Seth A. Klarman, Chair of our Board of Trustees.

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Topics: News, Facing History and Ourselves

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