Rob Flosman

Rob Flosman has been a teacher in the Hamilton Wentworth board for 17 years. He is married with three sons. He began teaching in the Czech Republic in 1993. Here he began “facing his own history” in the place where his family endured two murderous regimes. During the first, his grandparents were taken into Gestapo headquarters as they resisted their Nazi occupiers. Although they emerged heroes in 1945, they were again targeted in 1948. This time, they were forced to escape the communists after hiding Hubert Ripka, the Czech minister of foreign affairs, in their mill. After a year in a DP camp and a long voyage, they settled in Canada. Rob has embraced Facing History because of his family and tries to help young people get in touch with their own history.

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Turning a Class into a Museum (Part II): Bridging Continents

Posted by Rob Flosman on June 12, 2015

In 2013, Waterdown District High School teacher Robert Flosman applied for and won a Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant to create a Museum of History in his classroom as a way to engage students deeply and differently in the study of history. In November 2014, he wrote a post for this blog describing his museum. One year later, Rob has more to tell us about the museum Facing History and Ourselves’ grant made possible.

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Topics: History, Canada, Innovative Classrooms, Museum Studies, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants, Memorial, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course


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