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Choose either A or B. Write a position statement (aka a thesis) in which you state your opinion about the statement. How true is it? Complete the T-chart that follows to show what reasons and evidence you would use to support your position, while keeping in mind alternate arguments.

 A)    In the second half of the twentieth century, Canada proved to be a fully mature and influential nation in global affairs. Evaluate this statement. (In simpler terms, how accurate do you feel this statement to be?) Support your answer with details about Canada’s foreign policy and international involvement between 1945-2000.

B)    By building a truly just society, this beautiful, rich and energetic country of ours can become a model in which every citizen will enjoy his fundamental rights, in which two great linguistic communities and people of many cultures will live in harmony, and in which every individual will find fulfillment.     (Trudeau April 6, 1968 .)   To what extent did Canada achieve Trudeau’s vision? Use information relating to society, Quebec, First Nations, immigration and multiculturalism to support your position.


Position statement:
Reasons and evidence supporting in support Reasons and evidence refuting the statement.


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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


23 Videos That Sparked Genius Hour Thinking, Collaboration, and Actions

A great collection of the inspiring, motivational and thought provoking. Thank you Hugh McDonald for putting this collection together.

Today is a Great Day for Learning

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Jurgen Appelocc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Jurgen Appelo

In our classroom this year my colleague Gallit Zvi and I used many youtube videos to inspire resiliency, grit, and hope in our students prior to guiding them in formulating their inquiry questions about their passions and wonders during our weekly Genius Hour time.  Many of the videos were shared with me through wonderful connections I made with educator learners on Twitter, Facebook, and at various workshops.  I love my PLN!  However I am proud to say students and teachers in our room inspired each other too.  Some of our work is shared on this list too.

Enjoy the list and please share your own favourites!


Hugh McDonald

1.  Creativity Requires Time

2.  TMB Panyee FC Short Film

3.  Girls First Ski Jump

4.  15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

5.  Obvious to you. Amazing to others…

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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized