Interview with High School Teacher Laryssa Gorecki

 

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This month I conducted my first interview with Laryssa Gorecki, an English teacher at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School in Toronto. She's been incorporating Indigenous content into her classroom in the West end of the city, and finding that her students from all different backgrounds have points of connection to the material.
 

Laryssa speaks to us about her unit, and addresses questions any teacher might have, including navigating her role as a relatively new learner in this area.

What does Laryssa teach?


The unit on Truth and Reconciliation examined the implications of using arts-based activities, including music, drama, and picture books, as a means to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. Through an aesthetic approach, students actively engaged with the themes found in various artwork, songs, and narratives by Indigenous authors and artists. The unit culminated with a project expressing cognitive and aesthetic growth in our student community.

Resources Laryssa uses:

  Students created final projects which displayed their learning in the unit. 

Students created final projects which displayed their learning in the unit. 

 

 

If you have feedback or questions for Laryssa, you can contact her via email or follow her on twitter @laryssagorecki1