By Risa Gluskin


Cake can make a good analogy. This is a salted caramel apple layer cake from


In an inquiry-style document-based course there is a lot of interpretation going on with very few straight up facts to memorize.

This semester, I keep saying to my CHY4U class, “I hope you’re not waiting for me to stand up here and tell you the answer because it’s not going to happen.” That may be my impatience speaking. Last year, in my super enthusiastic class of participatory history lovers, I didn’t get the feeling anyone was waiting for me to tell them what to think. They were naturally inquisitive and curious. 

That gap between last year and this year gives me space to reflect on how much a teacher has to scaffold in order to bring the class to a place where they feel comfortable enough thinking for themselves. It’s sad to say but even in this day and age of ‘modern’ education students are still relatively programmed just to accept information uncritically.

Last year I didn’t think about that issue much. I just took it for granted that all 17-year olds want to think freely.

By Jacques Lavoie

There are new bursary programs available for free school visits programs which would be of interest for history and social sciences & humanities teachers.

Here is a link to a flyer for a branch of our bursary program that may be of interest.

The bursary offers our 90-minute, guided visit topic, History of Judaism and Monotheistic Connections for FREE.  Also included is regular museum admission free of charge.  Any Grade 7 to Grade 12 teacher that is interested can follow the instructions in the linked flyer to book.



By Blake Heathcote, Director, and Neil Orford, DHP Program Leader, at OHASSTA

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic in Canada 2018-2019

A National Commemorative Research Project for Students Across Canada


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Flu death certificate from Canadian War Museum


In January 1920, Stan McVittie was a fit and robust electrical engineer working at a hydro-electric generating plant on the Wahnapitae River in Northern Ontario. Just six years out of university, he loved his work and the outdoor life he’d known all his life. The future was brilliant. While his young wife and daughter were visiting her parents in St. Marys, Stan developed a mild cough and a fever, but nothing to worry about for a healthy 6’ 2” outdoorsman in his prime. A few days later while visiting his father and sister in Sudbury, his symptoms worsened slightly, so he paid a call on the family doctor ‘just to be safe.’ Nine days later Stan was dead from the Spanish Flu, like 50,000 other Canadians who’d died since the Pandemic first appeared eighteen months earlier.

By Martina Fasano

The “back to school” sales are over and the fall has begun - albeit with the heatwaves we would have appreciated in July!

Many may not be aware, but Google releases new features for all of its products on a regular basis. In fact, if you are really keen on such things, you can follow their development on Google’s own feature release calendar, available here:

So what does G-Suite for Education have to offer this academic year? Here are some of the highlights.

This week we have reviews of 3 books by students of John Myers at OISE. In case you don't remember these book reviews were part of a class project about breathing some new life into old courses.

Alias Grace - timely - CBC mini-series 

The Hanging of Angelique

Selling Canada