Provincial Ruling #3, prohibiting participation in “external voluntary activities related to their employment as a teacher, including, but not limited to: Subject Association activities, Ministry of Education committees or activities, sporting associations, extra-curricular councils/activities” includes participation in Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP). Striking members must not participate in TLLP projects during a strike.
The OFSHEEA Board of Directors plans to continue to provide resource support during the time that some OFSHEEA members are on strike, however, the information will be posted on the website only and not sent directly to your email.
IMPORTANT WORKSHOP UPDATE
The workshop on April 25th at Peel Secondary School is unfortunately cancelled. The funding grant that was received can be used before June 30th of this year. If there is resolution of teacher contracts within the province before the end of June the workshop will be rescheduled. If it is not possible to reschedule the workshop the OFSHEEA executive intends to apply for this grant again next year to run these workshops to assist the needs of teachers running food and fashion labs as part of the Social Science curriculum.
OFSHEEA FALL CONFERENCE
Save the date for OFSHEEA's Annual Fall Conference being held on Saturday, November 7, 2015!
Challenge and Change is an incredibly interesting Social Science & Humanities course. In the Social Trends and Patterns unit the three overall curriculum expectations are:
- C1. Demographics: demonstrate an understanding of the importance of demographics as a tool for studying social patterns and trends, both nationally and globally;
- C2. Forces That Shape Social Trends: demonstrate an understanding of how forces influence and shape social patterns and trends;
- C3. Social Deviance: demonstrate an understanding of social science theories about social deviance, and of how various responses to deviance affect individuals and society.
There are many interesting documentaries that can be used to further discussion on many of the curriculum requirements. With expectation C1, I found a very useful documentary called Everybody’s Children from NFB. This film follows two refugees and their Canadian emigration stories. My current HSB4U students voted that it should definitely be part of future HSB4U courses to help students further understand some of the issues.
In an effort to help students understand how increases in population mobility help shape social patterns and trends (which is embedded in C2), we reviewed a short film (29:10) on the epidemic of Ebola titled “The Fight Against Ebola” available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANUI4uT3xJI ). We discussed how population mobility has affected the spread of epidemics and then we discussed how population mobility has affected other socialization patterns such as family lifestyle and family connectedness.
Finally, expectation C3 seemed a perfect opportunity to employ the new iPads that we have available. After learning about various theories of deviance, students are given class time to create an iMovie to explain and apply one of the theories of deviance we studied. The iMovie program offers pre-designed movie trailer options that students can use to develop their assignment. The assignments that are produced in this media are often quite impressive and professional looking. We take time in class to share their iMovies and further explore their theoretical understanding. The assignment is attached.
I hope you find these resources fun and functional in your own HSB4U. Krista Thompson, OFSHEEA Treasurer