In my experience with teaching the Charter, a great way to connect the priorities of fifteen-year-olds with the values of this significant document is by thinking like a teen.
By engaging critically with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, newcomer students develop more than just a broader vocabulary or sharper analysis skills.
While teaching a Western Civilization course to high school students, I found a unique opportunity to introduce the topic of critical thinking along with the subject matter.
In honour of Asian American Heritage Month, which is celebrated every May, I tasked the students in my three Asian American Literature classes with a special project.
As an educator in Canada, whose homeland has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples long before me, I have the opportunity and responsibility to teach this history to my students.
Students often display a morbid curiosity that I feel I cannot ignore, but can I lean into it? Can I use this fascination in a way that engages students, but also humanizes them?