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.
Twice this past July, members of the museum planning team took the train to Montréal to have a look at some of the excellent museums there.
In one of my favourite cinematic moments, the 11 year-old chess prodigy, Josh Waitzkin, imagines sweeping the pieces off a chess board in order to help him think more clearly about an important game of chess. It is a championship game and he is on the brink of winning it all.
For the first time since they went into their cases in 1980, over 2000 coins, notes, beads and shells are coming back out. The Museum’s curatorial staff are busily pulling panels from cases, placing coins into specially prepared drawers and sliding notes into acid-free Mylar envelopes.
The doors were barely closed following Big Top Farewell event before Chief Curator Paul Berry and his team began emptying display cases that had been sealed shut since 1980. The biggest task involved removing more than 2500 bank notes from the room we knew as Gallery 8.
Another convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) wrapped up in July. This year the convention was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was the first time in over thirty years that the RCNA Convention made a stop there.
Before the museum closed for renovations on 2 July, technicians began to remove the heavier artifacts in late May. First to go was the strong box. Built of ¼” thick welded steel plates, this trunk was used by the Bank of Upper Canada in Toronto between 1821 and 1866.