ISABC Pro-D Day 2014, St George’s School
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Friday, February 7 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Past is Not a Foreign Country: Social Studies 7 in the 21 Century LIMITED

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In his pervasive book, The Past is A Foreign Country, David Lowenthal makes a compelling argument about how the past influences the present. In this workshop, I will share my experience of teaching Social Studies 7 over 14 years, from its roots in the 20th century, to its present form in the 21 Century. My main theme is that studying our past does not mean travel to a foreign country, which, while interesting, is impractical for contemporary teaching and boys’ learning. As part of the“21 Century” strategies I am trying out these days, I will outline how I don’t use a binder or a textbook anymore with my students, how I utilize our school’s online tool called the “HUB”, and how a gaming platform like Minecraft can be a good teaching tool in Social Studies – all derived from an Ancient Civilizations curriculum which is very much a foreign country to students. My hope is to encourage thinking about your Social Studies program amidst the paradigm shift in education. I will finish up the workshop by taking you through a personal reflection of your Social Studies program in relation to the themes of our professional day.


Jonathan Marshall

Grade 7 Teacher, St. George's School
My name is Jonathan Marshall and I am a Grade Seven Homeroom and Social Studies teacher at St. George’s School. I have worked at St. George’s for 14 years and teach the Social Studies 7 curriculum to all of Grade Seven (96 boys). This past summer, our entire Grade Seven teaching... Read More →

Friday February 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Mainland - St. George's School 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1

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