Category: Making Change

Artefact Evaluation: Unorthodox Alliances

Artefact Evaluation: Unorthodox Alliances Timing: 45 Minutes Mode: In-Class; Online The early MPA (Mental Patients Association) has a well-deserved reputation for radicalism, but in this exhibit scholars Geertje Boschma, Megan Davies and Marina Morrow explore how MPA worked simultaneously alongside and in opposition to mainstream mental health.  This process interrupted existing power relationships and the …

Artefact Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules

Artefact Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Project community expert Irit Shimrat also made Question Man, another short video for the History and Practice teaching resources.  Students can view Go Nuts! and Question Man alongside one another and use them as a basis for an in-class or online discussion of …

Artefact Evaluation: Finding Fun

Artefact Evaluation: Finding Fun Timing: 15 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online After playing “Go Nuts” for your class or having them view it online, have students write a 140-character tweet that celebrates mental diversity and difference.

Artefact Evaluation: Order of Canada

Artefact Evaluation: Order of Canada Timing: 30 minutes; flexible Mode: In-class; Online The Order of Canada, one of the highest honours that a Canadian citizen can receive, is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada.  The Order’s motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam (“They desire a better country”) underscores the fact …

Artefact Evaluation: 1 Document + 1 Photo

Artefact Evaluation: 1 Document + 1 Photo Timing: 45 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Have students read Making Madness Political at home and bring to the class 1 document and 1 photograph from Reville’s scrapbook that illustrate his evolution from patient to activist and advocate.  Students present their documents in small discussion groups or through using the …

Artefact Evaluation: Reflecting on Context

Artefact Evaluation: Reflecting on Context Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Bring in (or ask your students to bring in) examples of media and/or popular culture portrayals of madness.  After facilitating a discussion, have your students rework the examples they have brought in to create positive and diverse representations of madness. Use the questions below …

Artefact Evaluation: An Activist Scrapbook

Artefact Evaluation: An Activist Scrapbook Timing: 60 Minutes, flexible Mode: In-class; Online Making Madness Political is based on the argument that politicizing mental health can lead to real gains for people living with mental health difficulties.  Have your students use the archive of Reville’s personal scrapbook attached to his piece and visual thinking software to …

Artefacts: Self-Guided

Artefacts: Making Madness Political – Self-Guided Learning Timing: 60 minutes, flexible Mode: In-class; Online David Reville’s 6,000-word autobiography is linked to audio clips, documents, letters, photos and other memorabilia which can be used in a variety of ways including: a flipped classroom resource, lecture material, a source for student presentations or research papers.  Students can work …

Artefact Evaluation: Visualizing Ideas

Artefact Evaluation: Visualizing Ideas Timing: 45 Minutes, flexible Mode: In-class; Online Use the Learning Lens and Artefacts in Context sections to introduce this component to your students and to discuss the difference between advocacy and activism.  Then have students view the Toronto Activists video either in-class or online, instructing them to watch it purposefully for …