We want to hear from you
We recently launched a teachers survey. We hope to get feedback from teachers across Canada to help us create new online resources about the economy.
Not just for economics teachers
The economy is everywhere—in our history, our society and our culture. So why shouldn’t economic education be present in all subjects and grades? We believe it should be.
We want to help all teachers—no matter what you teach—to build the fundamentals of economic literacy among your students from the ground up.
Building economic literacy
These days, it’s hard to open a paper or watch a newscast without encountering a story about financial literacy. That’s a wonderful development: it’s important that people of all ages have the skills and knowledge to make good financial choices.
At the Museum, we feel the same is true for economic literacy.
Economic literacy is different from financial literacy. It’s about understanding how the economy as a whole works and being able to use this knowledge to make good decisions as informed, active citizens. Becoming economically literate is a critical step toward understanding the world and how it operates.
When the Bank of Canada Museum reopened in 2017, we focused on providing a great visitor experience. We consulted with local teachers and developed, piloted and launched two school programs for local students: Inflation Busters and Trading Planets.
We need your input
It’s two years and counting since we opened our doors to the public, and we are ready to take the next step in fulfilling what we consider to be our national mandate. We are ready to reach out to the rest of Canada.
To do that effectively, though, we need to work hard at understanding what you, the teacher, would find helpful:
- Where do you get teaching resources?
- What technologies do you have access to in your classroom?
- What subjects do you want to teach about?
- What’s important to you and your students?
You will find these and other questions in our teachers survey. If you participate, your answers will provide us with invaluable help as we strive to make the Museum’s resources and lesson plans relevant and available to you no matter what you teach or where you live.
So please complete our survey and help us set the direction for our next adventure in economic literacy. We can’t do it without you!
*Note: The survey will be open until November 3rd, 2019.
There’s little doubt that the BCP45 is lovingly preserved today partly thanks to being immortalized on this beautiful blue five-dollar bill.
Among the laser pistols, hover cars and androids of science fiction, there’s an elderly elephant in the room: money.
The Bank of Canada Museum set some very ambitious goals at the end of 2018. We have managed to achieve more in one year than we had since we opened in 2017.
Private Edward Atkinson’s example of trench art is what is called a “love token”—a souvenir made from a coin. It’s one man’s personal wartime experience expressed through a pocket-sized medium.
The first Canadian paper money was issued in 1817, and for the next 120 years, the vast majority of Canadian bank notes were only in English.
Bank of Canada Museum will be at the 66th annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA).