Dear Friend of Facing History,
Leora Schaefer, Executive Director for Facing History and Ourselves Canada and Jasmine Wong, Senior Program Associate at Facing History and Ourselves Canada, introduce the new office space and share some thoughts and upcoming opportunities for Canadian educators for the start of the school year.
What does a safe classroom look like to you?
I am sure in thinking about a safe classroom some key terms such as respectful, inclusive, or equitable cross your mind.
What would happen if you asked your class the same question?
Welcome back to school! As you start to get settled into your courses and plan the weeks ahead, here are a few opportunities to get excited about if you are keen to bring more Facing History and Ourselves into your classrooms.
As a middle school teacher I was often asked why I was giving up a week of my summer to attend the Facing History and Ourselves’ Holocaust and Human Behaviour seminar. “You don’t teach that time period,” being the most frequent comment. They were right. But there was something about Facing History and how they approached teaching that piqued my interest and so I went.
A familiar feeling is in the air as the Labour Day long weekend approaches. It might be hard to put our finger on if it wasn’t such an important part of such a large portion of our lives; school. The first day of school is one filled with excitement, promise, and expectation.
As our students arrive in our classrooms, we need to be ready to facilitate the creation of a safe and open learning environment. That first day, and those first few weeks, set the tone for the rest of the year.
What’s in YOUR bag this year as your students meet you back in the classroom? What tools, strategies, lessons are your “go-to” items to help you engage, inspire, and push your students to new heights?