This month, our alumni are here with some advice for teachers who may want to teach heritage fair for the first time.
So you’ve decided to teach Heritage Fair. You might be wondering, where do I start? How do I get my students interested? How can I support them? And most importantly, what valuable skills will Heritage Fair give my students? Well, our wonderful alumni have each put together their own tips, tricks, and need-to-knows when it comes to participating in this years’ BC Heritage fair!
Heritage Fair allows students to develop crucial skills that will be needed later in life: researching, interviewing, presenting, and managing through stress. By introducing them to these skills through the historical topic of their choice, they are more likely to stay interested throughout the project and carry that knowledge onto other projects.
Julia’s helpful resources:
Heritage How-to: Presentations!
How to Get Ready and De-Stress
Vedanshi addresses teachers in her statement…
To teachers who have never had the opportunity to engage their students with our incredible Canadian heritage- now is the time! Heritage Fair is an opportunity to exercise plenty of skills that are fundamental to the new curriculum: critical thinking, communication, and reflection. Years after doing their project, the systematic method in which the students approach their research topic and collaborate with community sources and experts, truly allows the student to excel at advanced-level academic work.
Vendashi’s helpful resources:
Your students can learn to ace interviews
Teaching students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources
Lucas speaks on the opportunity…
Heritage Fairs gives students an opportunity to develop a passion for learning – and this passion is far more important than any knowledge they could learn. The components of the project, such as conducting research from accurate sources, interviewing members of the community, making a physical display, and preparing a speech are all skills that young leaders should learn.
Lucas’ helpful resources…
How to Pick Your Heritage Fair Topic
The Importance of Museums for Information
Leona speaks on her past experiences…
Heritage fair opens up new opportunities for students of all ages and skill levels. It helps students develop skills such as organization, independence, along with presentation skills. All much needed in their educational career. The most stressful part of Heritage Fair for many is choosing a topic. This initial decision can affect everything. But in all honesty, don’t stress over whether you’ve chosen the perfect topic, a good topic will come with opportunities for deep thinking. A good topic will keep you thinking and wondering, all the way throughout the researching process.
Jaia speaks on the value of passion…
Heritage Fairs provides students with the opportunity to research a topic of Canadian history but also promotes these students to discover what they are passionate about. One of the most important things that Heritage Fairs teaches is that we should never take for granted what life gives us, as the challenges we face ultimately allow us to develop as individuals and as societies. What makes Heritage Fairs extraordinary is that the process is valuable, but with the finished product and end result comes a true appreciation for the discovery accomplished during the process itself.
Here are two of the resources that I recommend –
What are the keys to an outstanding project?
How do I get ready for Heritage Fair day?
Veronica’s experience with BCHF…
In my experience, Heritage Fair is the most fun when students are given the opportunity to be creative and unique. At least for me, Heritage Fair was my first-ever “big” project, which by itself makes the experience exciting. As such, the freedom to share an interest through creative means made the project especially memorable.
Veronica’s helpful resources:
Enthusiasm: The Key to an Outstanding Project
What do the Judges Like to See
Make sure to teach and discuss topics such as critical thinking, primary sources, and checking a source’s validity. Also, make sure students start working on their project right away, as while presentation day might seem far in the future, time flies and all of a sudden, present day’s tomorrow, and you’ve only a little work. Releasing even a rough timeline is a huge help to keep students on track.
Kelvin’s helpful resources…
How do I get all of that work done?!
How do I get ready for Heritage Fair day?
Judy shares her tips for an amazing project…
Thoughtful and detailed research is arguably the most important part of the Heritage Fair. It is important to teach your students how to analyze primary and secondary resources; plan out several classes where you have students practice analyzing images, make sure a source is trustworthy, and cite resources. Don’t forget to discuss topics such as historical perspective, biases in primary sources and historical significance. Students with well-researched topics are guaranteed to have a successful Heritage Fair project.
How do I research my project topic?
What is an example of a primary source?
Hopefully, this has helped you decide whether or not you’d like to participate in BC Heritage Fairs. It provides as a great opportunity. Any teachers who are interested may visit our website http://bcheritagefairs.ca/about/