(Published on 14 December 2012)

GG Awards for Historical Thinking Excellence

We are very excited that three teachers who are experts at integrating historical thinking into classroom instruction and assessment were awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Our congratulations to Stefano Fornazzari San Martín and Daraius Bharucha who won the award for their project “My Place in Canadian History: Digital Storytelling with Historical Thinking Concepts.” This is a student-centred multimedia project that takes the student’s family history and puts it into context in terms of the development and growth of Canada as a nation. In short, how does each student’s journey connect to the larger Canadian narrative and to developing a sense of Canadian identity?

Stefano and Daraius discuss their Digital Storytelling Project in the following clip, www.canadashistory.ca/Awards/Teaching/Articles/2012/Bharucha-and-San-Martin.aspx

Our congratulations also to Janet Thompson, who has long been an advocate of the transformational power of working with historical thinking in the classroom. For Janet, the best way to engage students is to give them opportunities to be actively involved in their learning by thinking like historians. It’s this passion for teaching historical thinking that drives her in the classroom.

Janet discusses her work in the classroom in the following clip, www.canadashistory.ca/Awards/Teaching/Articles/2012/Janet-Thompson.aspx

Stef, Daraius, and Janet, we are very proud of your achievements.




What is a Benchmark?

<p>John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising &amp; Marketing History,<br />Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections</p>

A surveyor cut a "benchmark" into a stone or a wall when measuring the altitude and/or level of a tract of land. A bracket called a "bench" was secured in the cut to mount the surveying equipment, and all subsequent measurements were made in reference to the position and height of that mark.

The term "benchmark" was first used around 1842 to refer to a standard of quality by which achievement may be measured.

The foundation documents available through the Benchmarks site attempt to help teachers establish standards for assessing student learning of the modes of thought that constitute historical thinking.

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History,
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections