Teachers, Paul Gross win Canadian history awards





Gov. Gen. Michaƫlle Jean presented awards on Friday to seven Canadian history teachers as well as to actor Paul Gross and to writer Ian McKay for their efforts in promoting Canadian history.

The annual Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History was held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

The ceremony honoured teachers who made learning history fun for students by incorporating film, dramatic re-creations, and comic books into their lesson plans...

... Ian McKay, a writer and history professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., was presented with the John A. Macdonald Prize for his latest book Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People's Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920.

Among the educators being honoured was Neil Robinson, a seventh grade teacher from Calgary who was tasked with teaching his students about European exploration of Canada.

Robinson invented a role-playing game inspired by two popular board games, Settlers of Catan, and Risk. Students used a wall-sized board and simulate trading with First Nations, hunting for riches, and drafting land treaties...



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