Project of Heart

In my pre-internship I worked with a classroom of grade four students. During my three-week block I taught about Canadian residential schools. We connected with Project of Heart where we had to do a number of tasks, some of which included inviting an Elder into the classroom, creating an action plan and painting the tiles seen in the image to commemorate students who died in residential schools.

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3 thoughts on “Project of Heart

  1. Wow, thank-you very much for a new book title and the link to the OTC! I think getting the students to create a blog about what they learned about Residential Schools is a great idea – that way, other people from around the world can learn about it and begin to understand the hardships Indigenous People have faced in this country. Do you have the link(s) to the blogs the students created? I would love to read some of them.

  2. I went to a Project of Heart information session last year at the U of R and since then I’ve always thought that I would do it with my (future) students. How did the Grade Four students you taught react to the Residential Schools content? Does the Project of Heart resource package break down what information is appropriate to share with each grade level?

    Does the Project of Heart package provide contact information for Elders by province? I’m just curious as to how you went about finding an elder to come speak to the class. Also, could you please tell me a little bit more about the action plan you came up with? I find this project to be so interesting and worthwhile!

    Thanks!

    • The grade four students responded very well to the content. There were certain things that were not discussed, especially more serious cases of abuse. Myself, peer partner and co-op thought that kind of content is more suitable to the older grades. However, the students did learn about milder incidents of abuse via the book “My Name is Seepeetza” by Shirley Sterling. We used the resource package as teacher background information more than anything else and used our discretion as to what was appropriate to discuss with students of this age group.

      The principal was the one who got us in contact with an elder. Many schools have assigned elders but a great resource in contact an elder is http://www.otc.ca.

      Since I was only in the classroom for three weeks, the “action” project wasn’t as substantial as it could have been. The students created a blog where they shared their thoughts and assignments about the unit in hopes of educating others about residential schools. In addition, they did a fundraiser to raise awareness and donated the money to a local organization that supported youth who are dealing with the after-effects of residential schools.

      On top of that, the tiles the students created turned out beautifully. I definitely think this is a great project for students to engage in.

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