SO THIS IS TEACHING!

Curated by: Nadine Finlay

July 12 to November 3, 2018

So This is Teaching! blackboard

About the Exhibit

So This is Teaching covered a major topic in Ontario's educational system: the transition between one room school-houses to the now standard style of today's classroom. Teacher's education was the turning point to more students staying in school for longer, and the pursuit of further education for a greater number of students. The exhibit itself told the story through a snapshot of time by recreating some of the experiences of teachers' college through the example of the Lakeshore Teachers' College, which operated on the Lakeshore Grounds from 1959 - 1975. In the exhibit, visitors were able to see what the experience of Teachers College was like, coupled with interpretation of major historical events. 

Exhibit Curator: Nadine Finlay

Interpretive Centre team:

Jennifer Bazar, Curator
Nadine Finlay, Assistant Curator

Explore the Ground Floor Plan and the Upper Floor Plan of the Lakeshore Teachers College!

History of the Lakeshore Teachers College

The Lakeshore Teachers College received its first students in September of 1959 and remained in operation for 16 years. It was the first built structure to appear on the farmland owned by the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital (1890 - 1970). The building of Humber College's new Lakeshore campus, today known as A Building.

And So it Begins / Before it Began

To be a teacher in Ontario in 1847 you needed to be at least 16 years old, have the ability to read and write, and be certified as being of "good moral character" by a clergyman. Teachers were provided with a basic curriculum that focused on literacy, numeracy, and citizenship.

Vive la Revolution!

The Post-War years saw an increase in urbanization, industrialization, and population across Ontario. With a growing interest in public education and an expanding curriculum, teaching certification begain to specialize, but remained general to keep up with the demand for teachers. 

One Must Be the Student

The 1950s were a time of radical change for public education in Ontario - and, as a result, for teacher training. Schools transitioned from single-room schoolhouses to buildings that provided individual classrooms with movable desks for each grade and specialized spaces for art, music, and sports. 

All Work and No Play 

Changes the education system created a new view of teacher training. Teachers were to learn in buildings modelled on the schools their future classrooms. At the Lakeshore Teachers' College, the other-year program included a mix of academics and in-school practice along with an extracurricular in athletics or arts.