Models of Disability and How They Impact Teaching

Posted by Keagan Stoyles on May 19, 2022

In this blog post Keagan Stoyles, Facing History and Ourselves Program Intern, and Shira Wolch, Education Coordinator for ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto, discuss the importance of understanding the models of disability and accommodations that are made for certain students, but benefit all. 

ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto is the Canadian chapter of the ReelAbilities Film Festival – the largest film festival in North America showcasing narrative and documentary films about Deaf and disability cultures, and platforming the work of Deaf and/or disabled filmmakers and performers.
 
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Weaving Disability Representation into your Literature Equity and Inclusion Work

Posted by Keagan Stoyles on April 28, 2022

“Either way, the fact that you are here at all changes everything.  Because this - you and me, looking at these stories together - this is one of the most beautiful parts of being a human; the drive to connect and understand, heal and blossom.  This is the kernel that takes my breath away; the piece that I want to hold on to.”

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Topics: Books, English Language Arts, ELA, English Classroom, English, Disability education, book club

Resources for Genocide Awareness Month and Beyond

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on March 30, 2022

In 2015, the House of Commons designated April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation, and Prevention Month and commited to “[honouring] the memory of the victims of genocide and reflect on the root causes of these tragedies, so that they never happen again.”

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Topics: Armenian Genocide, Facing History Resources, Genocide/Collective Violence, Teaching Resources, genocide, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, Inside a Genocide Classroom

The Power of Movement: BLM Dance Challenge

Posted by Soumya Shashikumar and Khalidah Bello on February 17, 2022

At Facing History and Ourselves, our mission is to use the lessons of history to challenge teachers and students to stand up to bigotry and hatred. This requires us to know the ideas and choices that have formed our history and the opportunities we have today to shape our present and future. In this blog post, you will learn about Ògo Tàwa Inc., a creative non-profit organization, and how you and your students can be involved in a Black Lives Matter (BLM) Dance Challenge. This dance challenge provides an opportunity for young people to work together and take a stand  against racism, bigotry and hatred.

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Topics: Upstanders, Black History Month, dance

7 Classroom Resources on the Holocaust

Posted by Kaitlin Smith on January 27, 2022

This blog has been re-posted from the FacingToday blog post written by Kaitlin Smith, a Marketing and Communications Writer for Facing History and Ourselves.

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Topics: Holocaust Education, Holocaust and Human Behaviour, international holocaust remembrance day

Holodomor Memorial Day in Schools

Posted by Michael Anthony on November 24, 2021

This blog is Part 2 of Teaching about The Holodomor. We recommend reading through Part 1 of the blog, Teaching about The Holodomor, as it provides a meaningful way to teach about the man-made famine inflicted upon Ukrainians by Joseph Stalin and the Soviets. You can use the contents of that blog as a way to learn and/or teach about The Holodomor before engaging in Holodomor Memorial Day in Schools.

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Topics: Memorials, Genocide/Collective Violence, Memorial, Inside a Genocide Classroom, Holodomor

Resources for Remembrance Day

Posted by Erez Zobary and Jasmine Wong on November 4, 2021

This Remembrance Day, We Begin with Why we Remember

I remember him leaning in and asking why I would want to forget.  ‘Memory,’ [Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel] said, ‘wasn’t just for ... survivors. The people who ask us to forget are not our friends. Memory not only honors those we lost but also gives us strength... Nothing good comes of forgetting; remember, so that my past doesn’t become your future’....”

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Topics: Classrooms, Facing History Resources, Teaching Resources, Remembrance Day

Resources for Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario

Posted by Andrew McConnell, Jasmine Wong & Erez Zobary on October 27, 2021

We are all treaty people, and it is important that we understand the role and significance of treaties and our responsibility to these important agreements. Across Canada, treaty days offer opportunities for celebration, teaching and improving our understanding of treaties. In Ontario, this takes place during the week of November 1-5. 

In preparation for this week, we have worked with educator Andrew McConnell (Anishinaabe/English, member of Nipissing First Nation) to publish a list of resources to support you with your learning and planning.

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Topics: Canada, Indigenous History, Indigenous, Treaty, Decolonizing Schools, Treaties Recognition Week

Thoughtfully Choosing Texts in an English Classroom

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on October 26, 2021

Choosing a piece of literature for your course is an important decision. Take a moment to reflect on the very small number of books you will have the opportunity to introduce to your students in any given year. Stories have the potential to help students understand different perspectives, question their surroundings, and build empathy in meaningful and communal ways. With such an important role to play, these are some of the questions we encourage you to consider when deciding how to develop a course and which texts to teach:

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Books, English Language Arts, English Classroom, Literature, English

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: A Resource for Educators

Posted by Stella Kim on October 12, 2021

In this blog post Stella Kim, one of the co-writers of “Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: A Resource for Educators” and Toronto District School Board secondary science and physics teacher, shares about the process of creating this resource and how you and your colleagues can use this resource for professional learning. 

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Topics: Teaching Resources, anti-racism, asian canadian

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