Teaching Philosophy

Teaching philosophy and how this project supports that philosophy in the classroom

My teaching philosophy is supported by historian John Hope Franklin’s statement that “We must get beyond textbooks… and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”  Effective teaching and learning in the 21st century must be inquiry-based, experiential and student-directed.  In my classroom t investigative historical field work is done using primary source documents, historical objects and secondary materials in a variety of multimedia formats.  I believe that students who study history must see themselves reflected in the curriculum and that they be active learners in the classroom. They must experience history from a variety of different historical perspectives. I want my students to learn about lesser-known histories, especially the “silent” voices, which are critical to our understanding of the past. It is my job to encourage students to ask effective questions when studying the course content.  I urge them to consider issues of equity and social justice and how they might respond as global citizens.  My teaching is innovative and creative, allowing students to go beyond the classroom and to reflect, analyze and compare historical periods to their present day experiences.  I am a teacher-facilitator in the classroom who guides and supports students in their historical thinking as we collaboratively unpack and explore the layers of Canadian history.


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