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Parliament of Canada – Teachers Institute

November 16, 2019

It was fantasy camp for social studies teachers. It was just absolutely fantastic. It’s teaching me so much more. It’s making me a better teacher so when I can go back to my classroom I have real hands-on knowledge that I can part to my students. It really enriched the experience so it gave me much more depth, I could speak with more confidence of our issues I had anecdotes to tell from being here that I could share with my students. Well I think for a younger teacher, coming here I think what they get is real good ideas of how to engage students about political process. I’ve been taking notes on the iPad and all through the sessions some of those I’ve been able to email back directly to our class set of iPads at home. So it’s been almost as if they’ve been here with me in many senses. I teach my kids because I show some videos of Ottawa and the Parliament, and I’m at the back and I go “been there” and “I talked to that guy” and so the kids now have a connection I find that talking to the other teachers and learning what they are doing and some of the situations they’re facing is probably the most valuable. My favourite thing is the role play in the committee’s so we we take on a role as a particular lobby group or an interest group and we have to defend a particular position on a bill. After being here for the week and living it and being on Parliament Hill and seeing everything in action, it inspired me having the opportunity to come here to Ottawa it’s a really mind opening experience because you have the opportunity to learn from people who see our country differently. Who have different educational programming in each of their respective provinces and you develop a more vast view of how to deliver social studies curriculum and how to teach about parliamentary democracy. So I think you’re much richer when you come away from the Teachers Institute experience.

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