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Oakville teacher hopes to turn Family Feud into learning experience for students

Oakville teacher Wendy Wright-Pettersen (centre) will be competing in Family Feud Canada

A teacher at an Oakville high school will team-up with family members when she makes an appearance on the television game show Family Feud Canada in the new year.

Wendy Wright-Pettersen, a teacher at E.J. James Public School in the Halton District School Board, says she and her family recorded a mock version of the show during the summer and sent it in as an audition tape. The submission was accepted and taping was done a few weeks ago, but the results won’t be revealed until the airing of the show.

The teacher of Grades 7 and 8 classes said she enjoyed the experience and that the television crew was fun to work with. She hopes to use the show as a part of her lessons on media literacy, geography and data management.

“Through media literacy, we can explore the impact and influence of mass media and popular culture by examining texts such as films, songs, video games, advertisements, magazines, newspapers, photographs, websites, television shows including game shows like Family Feud Canada,” she says. ”These various texts abound in our electronic information age, and the messages they convey, both overt and implied, can have a significant influence on students’ lives.”

Wright-Pettersen further states: “We could take some of the questions on the show and use them to tie into data management or Grade 8 geography by looking at demographics and settlement patterns, and understanding more about how people live based on the responses that have been given.”

She says safety precautions were carefully followed during the filming because of COVID-19.

“The team at CBC studios was very well prepared with COVID protocols in place that were clearly communicated before and during our visit to ensure the safety of all participants and staff members. We all need a little levity during these stressful times of COVID, so this experience really allowed our family to enjoy a laugh and have some fun.”

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