As a P6 teacher, I am convinced that my students benefit from lessons combined with humor, technology, and drama.
When I started teaching the Theatre Boycott in Social Studies, I was sure that I did not know enough to deliver a meaningful in-depth lesson. So I initially just introduced the topic to my class from the text, next I encouraged the students to come up with questions that they wanted to know, that were not in their books. My plan was to ask Mrs. Maxwell ( a member of the Progressive Group) the students’ questions when I interviewed her. She and I met, sat and talked about life in Bermuda during segregation, what did the Progressive Group really do, who was a part of the group and the one burning question my whole class had, how did they keep that secret for so long? I got the facts straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. My motto is ‘never rely on just one source of information.
That information made everything much clearer for the students. From that they asked could they put on a skit. That was right up my alley, as I love drama in class. They created their own script to each scene. The icing on the cake was when they got to see and meet the members of the Progressive Group who they were portraying on stage. I would say they now have an appreciation for history and our history makers that they did not have before. When our students can put faces to the people in our history books, it makes it all the more real.
Bermuda has for a long time cried out for Social Studies to be taught in the school. The Social Studies education officer and the other stake holders in education have made sure that primary schools are all giving attention to Bermuda history like never before.
I will be now turning my attention to the Tuckers Town Land dispute. In preparations for this topic I have reached out to the community to assist me in locating persons who can fill in the blanks for me. People like: Keith Dubois, Walton Brown, and LaVerne Furbert were more than willing to either assist me themselves or to lead me to someone who could. Mr. Eugene Stovell and Mr. Danny Richardson have agreed and will be coming to my class to talk to the students and let them ask questions. I love this.
I have people in the community who I can go to for advice, who are educating me, and pointing me in the right direction, in order for me, to better assist my students. We are learning from our elders who have not only ‘lived’ this history, but who ‘are’ the history my students are being taught. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Fikrte Ming began her teaching career 20 years ago at St. John’s Nursery School. She moved on to Harrington Sound Primary School two years later to teach P4, P5, and P6 classes. On any given school day she can be found in class bright and early at 7:15am to start each day with enthusiasm that has not waned over the years. Anyone is interested in sharing Bermuda history with personal accounts of events email firstname.lastname@example.org.