NEWS + INFO

2013 CURRICULUM SUPPORT DOCUMENTS

OPTA recently created a set of support documents to assist teachers in the implementation of the new 2013 Social Sciences and Humanities curriculum. On our grade 11 and grade 12 pages, you will find charts comparing the old and new curriculum, annotated lists of classroom resources, assessment tools, and literacy development strategies.

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CONFERENCE RESOURCES

Information, handouts, notes, and resources from OPTA’s 2012 and 2013 conferences are posted on our conference page.

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ABORIGINAL PHILOSOPHY

OPTA recently initiated a project that seeks to incorporate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis philosophies and pedagogies into the current philosophy curriculum. The aims of this project are to provide more diverse resources to Ontario philosophy classrooms, and to compensate for the lack of Aboriginal cultures, histories, and perspectives represented in secondary education.

The Aboriginal Philosophy lessons were made in collaboration with the Department of Aboriginal Education at University of Toronto’s OISE and a traditional First Nations Elder to ensure the Indigenous teachings are presented accurately and respectfully. Lesson plans and resources are available on the grade 12 page.

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OPTA ON FACEBOOK

OPTA is now on Facebook! On our Facebook page you will find links to new, timely resources and lesson plans, as well as occasional updates about our conference and other organization activities. Search “Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association” on Facebook or go to www.facebook.com/pages/Ontario-Philosophy-Teachers-Association/217733161648396 to stay connected with the OPTA community.

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OUR WEB SITE

Designed by Asia Golsse, a graduate of Sheridan College, we hope you will find it easy on the eyes and easy to use.

Our main preoccupation will be finding content that will keep the site relevant and useful.

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