\` 2018 BCSSTA Conference - October 19, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Design Thinking for Social Studies teachers

Whether it is the day-to-day planning that teachers need to survive, or some form of “cathedral thinking” that will impact an entire teaching career, we all benefit from a intentional and interdependent design process. This workshop focuses on teacher collaboration models and the kinds of projects that result when passionate teachers get busy combining theory and practice. Examples and hands-on participant activities will be drawn from various responses to the redesigned curriculum in BC by two northern BC teacher collectives, the Pacific Slope Consortium and the Prince George S.S. Teachers' Association, members of which will be present for the workshop. Specifically, we will discuss place-based education symposiums, interdisciplinary course development, simulation games, primary source manipulatives, heritage inquiry programs, and how design thinking can bring about desired results in secondary classrooms.

Target Audience

SS 8-12


1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Room Library

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  • Glen Thielmann

    Glen teaches Social Studies, Geography, and other home-grown courses at D.P. Todd Secondary in Prince George. BC. With other teachers, he launched an educational collective known as the Pacific Slope Consortium that has been creating fresh content for teachers since 2010. Among their recent projects was the writing of a critical thinking Sourcebook for Social Studies classrooms. Glen’s interests include local history and geography, the immigration experience, ecology, and story-telling. Having developed and shared curriculum for 23 years, he enjoys taking on challenges, provoking thought, and connecting up with the work of others, teachers and students alike. Glen was the recipient of a 2017 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is currently working as a support teacher for teacher Pro-D and Humanities Curriculum.