The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trial Tournament (OOCMT) completed its fourth season last month, with record numbers of schools participating. Since it was launched in 2014-2015 school year, the number of schools enrolling in the program has grown from 87 to 175. Along with its popularity, the need for additional support at the local level, has […]Read more
Elementary Civil Mock Trial program is an interactive and fun way for students in grade 5 to learn about the law. Children as young as 9 years old get hands-on lessons in perspective taking, limits to free speech, roles in the courtroom and how the law affects our lives, while preparing for the defamation trial of Wendy Witch v. Hansel & Gretel.
The classroom was like any classroom. The desks had chairs attached. There were a couple of loose papers on the floor. Stacks of paper on the teacher’s desk. The students were quiet at the beginning but it quickly turned into chaos, that beautiful kind of chaos, where true learning happens. The students had moved the […]
Filmed and edited during my teachers’ college internship at the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), this promo video captures the spring Charter Challenge held at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Special thanks to all the participants who agreed to be filmed, and to my colleagues who helped me with their valuable editing advice.