Social Studies

Dan Hedges

Pedagogical Consultant Elementary and Secondary Social Studies ext. 1416

Professional Development 2020-2021


October 16th, 2020 - The 'Doing of History': Working with Historical Thinking Skills


In this workshop, we will explore the difference between ‘knowing history’ and ‘doing history’. In particular, we will delve into two core historical thinking skills, including ‘how to determine historical significance’ as well as ‘historical perspective taking’ . For both of these historical thinking skills, we will look at practical thinking organizers that students can use to develop confidence and mastery over time. We will look at learning labs that incorporate these thinking skills, and develop a common understanding of some of the ways in which these thinking skills can be adopted by students.

'History is the laboratory of all human experience'

How we can help

In addition to the general offer of service, we can offer various supports to this subject including helping you:

  • organize and lead Professional Learning Communities

  • design inclusive and engaging lesson sequences

  • assist in the development of assessment tools (with emphasis on formative assessment strategies)

  • understand the components of the QEP, The Progressions of Learning, and Frameworks for the Evaluation of Learning

  • support research and evidence based projects in your school

  • understand and engage students with Inquiry Based Learning Models

  • engage students with questioning and discussion techniques (including 'the talk moves')

  • engage students with the question formation technique, and a method for setting the stage for student led research

Our Resources

NEW ! 2020 Elementary History Curriculum Map

Secondary 4 History of Quebec and Canada 'High Priority Knowledge Inventory' (Review Tool!)

Secondary 4 History of Quebec and Canada 'High Priority Knowledge Inventory' (Answer Guide)

Secondary 4 History of Quebec and Canada 'High Priority Topics Graphic Organizers for Student Self Assessment'

Secondary Cycle One Learning Modules

External Resources

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Elementary History Timeline Cards to Hands On Engagement

CURIO (CBC's Educational Platform)

The National Film Board of Canada

The Critical Thinking Consortium

Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines