If you’re an educator in the Ottawa area and would like to learn more about National Capital History Day and how you can bring history alive in your classroom, be sure to join us for our teacher info session on the morning of Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
And you don’t have to be a history teacher to participate — NCHD takes a cross-disciplinary approach to history, so we are welcoming drama, English and tech teachers, too. (You can see more about all our project categories here.)
“We’re really excited to introduce this year’s program and the info session provides a great chance for educators to learn about National Capital History Day, connect with colleagues in different schools and brainstorm about ways to get students excited about history and social sciences,” says Kathy Scheepers, International Education Coordinator for the Ottawa-Carleton Education Network and a member of the NCHD steering committee. “Student engagement and experiential learning are at the heart of NCHD and we are so pleased to offer a rewarding event to showcase all the hard work that students and teachers are already doing in the classroom.”
In addition to meeting colleagues from across the Ottawa region and enjoying breakfast, teachers will have a chance to:
• Hear an overview of the program
• Learn how projects are evaluated
• Find out what to expect on May 1
• See examples of lesson plans that incorporate NCHD
• Watch a short student-produced film about last year’s event
• Review examples of projects in various categories
• Meet the NCHD/Carleton University liaison, who will be available to help students connect with history professors
• Pick up resources such as posters, rulebooks and our handy one-page synopsis of the rules (if you can’t wait, you can also download all these resources here)
Educators will also have the opportunity to meet the NCHD steering committee, ask questions and hear from other teachers who have participated in the program.
If you’re a teacher in the Ottawa area (or if you homeschool) and would like to join us, please email ottawahistoryday [at] gmail.com for more details. (There is no cost, but we do ask that all participants register in advance so that we can have adequate resources on hand to share with everyone.)