Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Crestwood Preparatory College
217 Brookbanks Drive
Toronto, ON M3A 2T7
Subjects and grades taught: Canadian, American and World History and Politics for grades 9 to 12
Step into Scott Masters' time machine history class and travel "back to the future ". Connecting the technology and people of today with the events and people of the past, Mr. Masters strives to make this world seem just a little bit smaller and history a little more accessible. His commitment extends beyond the classroom and connects his students and their families to experiences that have fundamentally altered our lives.
History comes to life with a little contagious enthusiasm from Mr. Masters; from the students and teachers in his school, to members of the community who have a story to tell. With online tools and fascinating content, Mr. Masters' initiatives know no boundaries. By bringing a personal element into the classroom and collaborating with teachers in other subjects, Mr. Masters makes sure there's a little something for everyone.
- Mr. Masters is the mastermind behind the widely acclaimed Oral History Project. The powerful story-telling initiative teaches his students about the events and atrocities of the Second World War and encourages them to connect with a survivor of the era. Students are then responsible for digitizing material like photos, documents and interviews on a unique Veterans website, which along with Mr. Masters' lesson plans, has been recognized as a useful pedagogical tool for other teachers.
- The Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg has shown interest in some of the material that Mr. Masters and his students have made available on the site.
- Mr. Masters' leadership in the Youth Against Racial and Religious Discrimination (YARRD) program is another example of his commitment to helping his students become socially conscious individuals. Through the program, he was responsible for a Holocaust Symposium where six survivors spoke at the school. Later, a human rights seminar also included a speaker from Darfur.
- Mr. Masters also oversees Crestwood's Model UN/SOMA (The Southern Ontario Model United Nations Assembly) club, which allows students to learn about world affairs, conduct independent research and seek resolutions to conflicts.
"In grade ten History he challenged us to study for exams by predicting the major themes of the course and preparing accordingly. I still used this method as a fourth-year university student."
"Mr. Masters and the Oral History Project are examples of what true teaching is and I firmly support his efforts to preserve and enshrine the past through innovative and exceptional teaching practices."
Canadian veteran of the Battle of Hong Kong