Sometimes we wonder: is there is a school board in Canada more committed to teaching the truth about the Residential School era than the Durham District School Board in Ontario?
Once again a committed Durham Board teacher, Kimberly Hutt from Pringle Creek Public School, has partnered with Project of Heart to create a powerful learning experience.
Here’s Kimberley, in her own words:
I wanted to share with you our final creation for Project of heart. We partnered up with the local art gallery here and worked together to create an inquiry project that focused on art appreciation as well as the new expectations for the Social Studies curriculum. I used the guiding questions from the website for students to build knowledge of the Indian residential school experience for Aboriginal children.
Then we asked students to choose 3 words that would have been significant to the Aboriginal children and had them translate the word into Ojibway. We linked the art piece into Norval Morriseau’s work and connection to the residential schools. Finally, at our school our grade 6 team divided all grade 6’s into element groups and had the students design their tiles according to particular colours of that element.
The end result was astounding and more than myself and our Station Gallery colleagues envisioned. I have attached some pictures for you to see how it all came together. Thank you so much for putting together such a meaningful and moving project. Our students have respected and appreciated this experience and opportunity to share their knowledge with others.