Month: February 2012

Footage of Funeral of Last American 1812 Veteran

An absolutely amazing find (thanks to Fort York for passing it along!) This video is footage from the 1905 funeral procession for Hiram Cronk, the last surviving veteran of the War of 1812. I’ve recently been surrounded by research into early film, so it’s exciting for me to see such rare footage that is so closely

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This Week in Canadian History (Feb 27-Mar 4)

Feb 27, 1965 – Québec signs an international entente with France on co-operation in the education field; the entente is particularly important in light of issues surrounding sovereignty and power within a federal state. Feb 28, 1712 – Louis Joseph de Montcalm, Marquis of Montcalm, leader of the French forces at the Plains of Abraham, was

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Book Review: Carol Dweck’s Mindset

I recently had the good fortune to attend an informative professional development session on encouraging growth mindsets in our students. Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist who studies and teaches on motivation, personality and development, was a focus of this session. Her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006), explores the issues of growth mindsets

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TED Talk: Media Exposure and Early Childhood

My fellow-educator, sister, and mother to my adorable 9-month old niece is on the hunt for quality daycare as she returns to the classroom. She’s discovered, much to her chagrin, a large number of in-home daycare facilities that not only have televisions in their play rooms, but even have them running during her interview with them. If it’s not off while you’re trying to put your best food forward, is it ever going to be?

She introduced me to this fantastic TEDxTalk on media and children. Dimitri Christakis — a pediatrician, parent, and researcher — speaks to optimal media exposure for infants and primary-aged youth. It’s a good reflection not just for Early/Primary years educators, but for all of us who work with children! Now excuse me while I go order some Mr. Rogers DVDs…

This Week in Canadian History (Feb 20-26)

Feb 20, 1959 – The Avro Arrow program is cancelled under the Diefenbaker administration. Diefenbaker explains the cancellation to the CBC: “Having regards to the development that was taking place, particularly in intercontinental ballistic missiles, there was a probability that action would have to be taken in this regard… We were loath to take it.” For

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History isn’t in black-and-white

I recently stumbled across some amazing photos – I just had to share them! The source post isn’t exactly new (2010), but as I’ve just found them, I’m hoping they might be new to some of you as well.

These are colour photographs taken in 1909-1912 Russia. I’ve provided two examples below and you’ll have to follow the jump to the original post, where there are a great selection of scenes. The photographer used a specialized camera – by capturing three black and white images in quick succession, but with red, green and blue filters, he was able to combine them for relatively true colour photographs.

The biggest problem for me was overcoming the apparently ingrained mental block in my mind that the past functions, at least in photographs and films, in black-and-white. These photographs really hit home the idea that history is not shades of grey, but instead vivid and colourful.

Prokudin-Gorskii rides along on a handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega near Petrozavodsk in 1910. (Prokudin-Gorskii Collection/LOC)

Pinkhus Karlinskii, eighty-four years old with sixty-six years of service. Supervisor of Chernigov floodgate, part of the Mariinskii Canal system. Photo taken in 1909. (Prokudin-Gorskii Collection/LOC)

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