Gordon history teachers Romy Cooper and Graeme Cotton have been honoured as Finalists for the 2013 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching. The pair received the honour for their work bringing history alive for their elementary students. They were two of twenty-five finalists selected among history teachers across Canada. They were the only elementary school teachers selected.
During the school year, Cooper and Cotton's students learned about the job of historians by exploring local museums, interviewing those in charge of special exhibits and archives and attending seminars. Students were also challenged to create their own multi-media project on any topic of their choice and present it at the Vancouver regional Heritage Fair.
Their work also helped revitalize the Heritage Fair at their school. Cooper and Cotton designed the fair with a critical thinking question as the focus. This method embedded historical thinking concepts into each step. To learn more about their teaching method or to listen to them explain it all in a podcast, click here.
The 2013 Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Teaching is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of Canada's history and social studies teachers, ranging from elementary grades through to secondary schools.
Of the 25 finalists, six will be selected by a national selection committee in the fall. The winning six will receive $2,500, a gold medal and a trip this fall to the Awards ceremonies at Rideau Hall. Their respective schools will also be awarded a cash gift of $1,000.