As Department Head of Social Studies at Gander Collegiate, in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, I teach courses on geography, history, civics, economics, and social justice. I have also been involved in provincial curriculum writing and course development at the secondary level as well as piloting programs for new courses in Social Studies.
I’m a firm believer in the power of investigative education through inquiry-based learning, which gives students opportunities to formulate questions, gather data/information, analyse sources, generate alternatives, evaluate/draw conclusions, and communicate their findings to others. The inquiry process helps students develop deep and meaning understandings of issues and the human element within the Social Studies as they become competent and engaged Canadian citizens.
Outside of teaching, I am also a poet and author of two books, geo•logics (2015) and Never More There (2009). Poems of mine have been published in a variety of journals and magazines across Canada and internationally, while winning awards for poetry. I’m a supporter of Arsenal FC, Toronto FC and a fan of Canadian soccer in general. I blog about this part of my life on another website – Ashworth’s Arsenal.
This website contains information and content related to courses I teach, my thoughts on various aspects of education, and other related links, as well as updates on readings, awards and the like related to my writing career. Opinions expressed here are my own, as I can’t speak for others, including my employer.
B.A. Medieval Studies & English (MUN, 2003)
B.Ed. Intermediate/Secondary Education (MUN, 2005)
M.Ed. Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (MUN, 2016)
Canadian Geography 1202 Curriculum Committee
World Geography 3208 (pilot) Curriculum and Pilot Committee
Social Studies 1211 (pilot) Curriculum and Pilot Committee
Social Studies 3219 (pilot) Curriculum and Pilot Committee
World Geography 3202 Public Exam Item Writing/Marking Board