By John Myers

 Assessment Process

In Part 1 my students (teacher candidates) identified issues in assessment based on their experiences as students and teacher candidates. Part 2 presents some of their findings. How well do you as experienced teachers recognize the challenges of improving assessment and evaluation practices we identify?  Taking nearly 1000 pages of their research and distilling it was easier than grading (already did that) as certain ideas were common to several to the questions investigated.

What in the following is familiar to you? What issues have you resolved to your satisfaction and that of the your students? Whet seems novel and worth a try?

By Barbara Brown and Lina Han


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Image from OISE: Diversity in Teaching: Intersectionality,


Les pionniers sont venus dAngleterre, dIrelande, et dAllemagne

The pioneers came from England, Ireland, and Germany.

Thus it began: the daily morning recital in my third grade class, telling us a story about how pioneers came to Canada and settled on the land. I learned about a peaceful arrival and settlement. I didn’t learn that they also bought, stole, separated, subverted…

I learned anatomy in grade six; I learned about the menstrual cycle. I didn’t learn about how this function, seemingly restricted to the realm of biology, has a social dimension in perception of women, how it uniquely impacts homeless women…

Grade eight approached; I learned (something very unmemorable) about Martin Luther King Jr; something along the lines that he was a hero, beloved by America. I didn’t learn that he was on the FBI watch list, called a terrorist, assassinated. I didn’t learn about Viola Davis…

By Sandy Kritzer

Sandy took up last month's editor’s challenge to submit photos of summer travels.


Photos courtesy of Sandy Kritzer.


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This is the old town at Bergen, Norway, where the German Hanseatic League basically ran trade in Europe from the 1200s to 1500s. It’s now a World Heritage Site. Many of the buildings are sinking and the supports are being rebuilt (you can see a couple of buildings with covers).

By Risa Gluskin

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Photo by Risa Gluskin

Welcome back. We here at Rapport hope you had a relaxing and refreshing summer. Perhaps your first few weeks of school have been like mine and you don’t even remember summer anymore! There’s always so much to do and learn.

OHASSTA had a very busy summer (see Rachel’s President’s message) and is preparing for a fabulous conference in November. The brochure of workshop titles will be out very soon – trust me, the offerings are incredible this year as we partner with the Association for Canadian Studies.

So, save the date and register soon: Thurs. Nov. 15 and Fri. Nov. 16 at the Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport: 6257 Airport Road, Mississauga

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Meanwhile, enjoy this month's 10 blog posts. 


By Rachel Collishaw


My first summer as OHASSTA president has been a busy one! A new provincial government, a successful Summer Institute in Sudbury, getting the conference ready for registration and participating in national conversations with History and Social Science teachers across Canada has given me lots of things to do and think about. I am most grateful for the relationships that I have been building with OHASSTA members, with Indigenous partners and teachers, with post-secondary history and education partners and with history teachers across Canada. I am working hard to bring your voice and perspective into all of these conversations, so please continue to reach out and let me know your concerns.