School registration open for the 2018 Durham Regional Heritage Fair

We invite you to participate in this year’s Durham Regional Heritage Fair!  Join the students and schools that inquire into our Canadian heritage of discovery, geography, innovation and history.  What is a heritage fair and why would our school want to participate?

A Heritage Fair inquiry allows students to inquire into a person, place, event, innovation or discovery that has a historical significance and contribution to Canadian Heritage.  Students choose the topic they are interested in learning about.  Students will plan, gather evidence, make notes, interpret, analyze and learn about the significance of their topic to Canadian heritage.  Students will present their findings in a creative way at a school Heritage Fair.  Each school then chooses 5 to 6 representatives to attend the Regional Fair adjudication on April 30th and the Fair on May 1st.

Heritage Fair inquiries are great interdisciplinary learning opportunities, so sign up and join the many schools that have fun celebrating our wonderful heritage.

Please complete the School Registration Form to indicate your interest in having your school participate in this year’s Fair.

Student registration is open!

Student registration for the 2015-2016 Durham Regional Heritage Fair is now open. An email has been sent to registered schools with details, as well as the password required to access the form.

Please know that the all student registrations must be received via the online registration form by the end of the day on April 11. Thanks for your co-operation!

New Resource for Teachers: Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association

Byron Stevenson (Instructional Leader – Toronto District School Board – West Region) has shared a new website created by the Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association (OESSTA).

“OESSTA (Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association) is composed of teachers and educators from public and Catholic School Boards, private institutions and faculties of education. We have members from different regions in the province. Our goal is to support educators who teach Social Studies (grades 1-6) and Geography and History (grades 7&8).”

“The resources on the OESSTA webpage are designed to support job-embedded professional learning for teachers using evidence–based instructional strategies and practices that improve student achievement and support the development of informed citizens (e.g. problem-based global learning, higher order thinking skills, communication, use of disciplinary thinking, spatial skills.)

The webpage is:

  • A site where educators can connect with colleagues who have similar interests, challenges and/or questions about the implementation of the Ontario Social Studies/History/Geography Curriculum.
  • A site where educators can share ideas, resources and/or ask questions about SSHG document.
  • A site where educators can exchange ideas and suggestions regarding planning, implementation and assessment of the Ontario curriculum.”

I encourage you to visit this excellent new resource at:

http://oessta-teachers.ca/