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

Teaching Social Studies Warts and All Beyond Blame and Shame to Constructive Action

Doing the Right Thing/Faire le Bon Geste is a project by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation for helping teachers and students make sense of the past in the light of today's realities.  By looking through ethical and historical perspective lenses we can apply what we have learned to make Canada and the world a better place.

After a brief overview of the mandate and parameters, participants will use a learning stations strategy to

- explore past and current issues in which we have "done the right thing", "done the right thing eventually", "perhaps have yet to do the right thing"

- see how the project (free, online, and in both official languages) engages students and challenges them to think about ideas affecting them personally

Content areas for the stations include TRC, immigration, positive stories as well as our failures, media influence, and personal examinations through fiction


We shall conclude by using Visible Thinking Routines from Harvard's Project Zero to see the impact on participant thinking.


PS I can sumitan article on this for the newsletter or offer a part 1 and part 2 given the extensive work the project entails in which much work on the global scene could not be included

Target Audience

Gr 10-12


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • John Myers

    John has taught social studies gr gr. 3-adult in four provinces and three countries. His current work looks at class assessment and how we change. In social studies he is involved with projects for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and related agencies dealing with immigration history and policy, multiculturalism, and issues related to truth and reconciliation.