Voices of History

Well Gr.10s. It’s been a “heavy” few days, hasn’t it? As we’ve been examining the early 20th Century in Canadian History we certainly haven’t shied away from tough topics! We have talked about The Last Best West Campaign and immigration, racist policies against specific groups of immigrants, the Indian Act, Residential Schools, and Women’s Rights.

When we started the course I said that we were going to look at the good, the bad AND the ugly of Canadian History. Most of you didn’t think there was much that might be called “ugly” in our past. All I can say is… Do you believe me now?!

I answered your questions as best I could. Still, I think it would probably mean more if you heard from the people who were there and those who have been impacted. Watch the following videos and tell me what you think.

Semester 2: New Friends & Fresh Starts

new sem wishesIs that how you view a new semester?  Or is it something you dread? I think, for some of us, it can be a little bit of both.

On one hand, a new semester means change.  There are new people, new routines and new expectations.  And to be honest?  All three of those things can be somewhat overwhelming for me.  What about you?

On the other hand a new semester means a fresh start.  We get a chance to reboot and address any bad habits we’ve gotten into.

Either way: Welcome to Semester Two!  I look forward to working together and getting to know everyone!

~Ms. Prince

new ending

Reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird

As we wrap up our novel study on To Kill a Mockingbird we are left with some big ideas to grapple with. We each have different opinions on the book – which is great – but it might be worth looking at what others have said about the book and the thoughts they were left with after reading it.

Take a look at the videos linked below and tell me what you think.

  1. Hey, Boo: Reflections on the Masterpiece: To Kill a Mockingbird

2. Hey, Boo: Segregation and Civil Rights in To Kill a Mockingbird


Welcome Back!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

I hope you are all feeling rested and ready to go again. Don’t look now, but, well… did you notice how many days are left in the semester? The end is near – and not in the creepy, end-of-the-world way, either. Now is the time to finish up final projects and start studying for exams.

If you haven’t had a great semester so far, don’t quit! Go and talk to your teacher. There is still time to pull this off.

I believe in you – you’ve got this!The end is near


I was workimagesing on my marking, listening to music, answering student questions and skimming the news when I saw an article talking about multi-tasking. I thought it might be useful for my classes. After reading it I sheepishly put away my music and stopped looking at the news.

The article was discussing something called “interruption addiction” and the impact of open work-spaces with constant interruptions on our brains.

One stand out quotation stated that:

“Multitasking “produces shallower thinking, reduces creativity, increases errors and lowers our ability to block irrelevant information,” says Dr Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director, Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas…Because the brain was not built to multitask, over time it can lead to heightened levels of stress and depression and lower overall intellectual capacity, she says.”

Strategies to shut out distractions and get more done, according to the article:

  • Create an environment that promotes focus. Find a work area with a door to shut, turn off email and text notifications.
  • Avoid meeting mayhem. Keep phones and other devices out of reach. Have only have a pen, paper and agenda on hand.
  • Cluster distracting tasks that drain time. Check and answer emails and voice messages at designated periods each day to keep them from being all-day distractions.
  • Make your availability known. Be clear about times you’re not to be interrupted, but also about the hours you’re available for pop-ins and other tasks.

Something to think about!

The rest of the article can be found here: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20161208-you-probably-suffer-from-scattered-brain-syndrome

WWII: Dieppe, D-Day Landings & The Battle of Normandy

People have different ways of remembering these battles and moments of history. Sometimes businesses get involved in the process of remembrance and not everyone appreciates their attempts.

This commercial by Bell (about Dieppe in WWII) made people very angry at first. People thought Bell was exploiting or dishonouring soldiers in order to sell their product. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Deep Thoughts…

orwellIt is not news that students and adults both seem to have a serious thing for their phones. Teachers spend a significant part of every day telling students to put away their phones. I’ve noticed that while some students are texting, most now seem to be sending photos of themselves instead. It got me thinking about Orwell’s book, 1984, and the parallels between the faux-society he created and the one we currently live in. As I see people checking their phones and social media accounts to see who has commented on or “liked” a photo it got me wondering about where technology, and the way we respond to it, would take us next.