Where did the time go?

I looked at the calendar today and was struck by how quickly the semester went. Where did the time go?!?  Exams start next week and then we’re into summer!

For some of you, we’re about to say goodbye and good luck as you get ready for the stage of your life. It’s scary and exciting and amazing and hard and awesome all at the same time – try to enjoy as much of it as you can and keep reaching for your dreams!

For the rest of you, we’ve got summer to recharge and then we’ll meet up again next year. Yippee!!

First however, we have to get through exams.  Make sure you are aware of when  and where each one of your exams is taking place. Study hard (like, now!), eat breakfast on the day of the exam and finish strong. I believe in you!

Exam Schedule

  • Period 1: June 21st – 11:30 am
  • Period 2: June 22nd – 8:30am
  • Period 4: June 23rd – 8:30 am
  • Period 5: June 24th – 8:30am



The Message in the Song

01_top10protestsongsWell, Grade 10s. It seems that we keep coming back to music in this class, doesn’t it? First we looking at the music of the 1920s and 1930s. Then we looked at the music of the 1950s. And yesterday we were listening to and talking about the music of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Other than proving that I have a “thing” for music, we have seen that our stories – our history – is displayed in our music and songs. I challenged you to find some songs of the 1960s, find out what they were talking about, what it shows us about what was going on at the time & the attitudes of the people, and then share them with the class.We listened to/looked at a few. Can you think of anymore?

The Industrial Revolution

“The Industrial Revolution’s effects did not begin and end with inventions. Advances in technology led to new advances in all sciences.  New sources of power fuelled factories and forever changed the way we live and how we communicate. Cities grew as people from all over the world flocked to the thriving new centers of industry. The world of ideas also moved into the modern age as artists and writers wrestled with the ever-changing industrialized society.”

Miller, Sue. Ed.  World History: The Human Journey. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Austin, 2003. Pg. 378.

Accidental Racist (?)

Great discussion today in CHY4U/C history to wrap up Ms. MacMillan’s last day with us!

For those that missed it, we continued our discussion on the American Slave System and discussed the controversy around the Confederate flag. After talking about symbols and their meaning – in direct relation to the flag of course! –  we listened to a duet by Brad Paisley (country music) and LL Cool J (hip hop music).  Our discussion continued.

Take a listen to the song, think about the lyrics and tell me: is the flag a symbol of racism or can it be something else? Can symbols change meanings? Do you need to know the history behind a symbol before you can wear/share it? Join our conversation!

What is the “secret” to success?

Wow.  Time sure flies in Semester two, doesn’t it? We’re nearing the end of the semester now!  For some people, that’s a good thing.  For others?  Not so much.

Regardless of which camp you fall into take a moment and think carefully about how things are going.  If things are going well – great!  How can things get better What is working?  What isn’t?

For some people, things haven’t gone quite so well.  Things haven’t necessarily worked out the way you had hoped or planned.  To you I want to say something; I want you to listen very closely.


Don’t. Ever. Quit.

I’ve heard you – in the hallways, in classrooms, in the parking lot.  I’ve heard you.

You tell your friends that it’s not a big deal and that you don’t care but your eyes say differently.  You’ve started to think that you can’t succeed and that maybe you should just give up.  Don’t!

People talk about “the secret to success”.  The reality is that this so-called “secret” is pretty simple.  It’s just this – Don’t ever quit.

Success can be defined as getting up one time more than you’ve been knocked down.  Failure?  It’s a necessary stepping stone to it.  Failure or defeat teaches us something… but only if we don’t quit.

There are times that things just aren’t going to go right – sometimes things just happen and sometimes we make them happen due to our own actions (or inaction).

Don’t quit.

You want something?  You want more?  Prove it.

Want to be the best?  Earn it.

Decide that you CAN do something to fix things and then WORK for it.

Believe in yourself and your dreams or goals.  Want it? Go get it.  Stand up and reach for it.  …and keep reaching until you’ve got it.

Don’t. Ever. Quit!

What good is studying history?


Sadly, I have to admit that people still ask me this. But, if you are still wondering, here are some things that we learn from studying history:

  • We see a reflection of ourselves
  • An understanding of our world around us
    • Past, present, future!
    • Why things are happening
    • Cultural differences
  • Curiosity

There are also a lot of really important JOB SKILLS that we develop when studying history. A few of the skills you learn from studying history include:

  • Ability to work co-operatively with people
  • Effective communication skills
    • Verbal, written, create presentations
    • Negotiate, questioning, summarizing
  • Ability to understand cause-and-effect relationships
  • Formulate and ask good questions
  • Research skills, use of different tools (technology, sources)

Okay, fine – but what about an actual career, you may ask? How about:

  • Museum cataloguer, archivist, curator, museum guide, museum exhibit designer, historian, anthropologist, archaeologist
  • Police officer, detective, criminologist, corrections officer, lawyer
  • Social services, social worker, counselor
  • Reporter, journalist, news analyst, editor, novelist, publisher, screenwriter, director
  • Teacher, professor, librarian, research assistant, research director
  • Politician, campaign consultant, political scientist
  • Marketing, sales, investments, accounting, banking, economist
  • Travel guide, travel agent, flight attendant, foreign correspondent
  • Computer design, video gaming

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.


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