2018 recipients – Teaching Excellence
Certificates of Excellence
Certificates of Excellence recipients
Students connect, create and celebrate with technology in this teacher's class: they produce advertising materials for businesses, live-stream sports tournaments, and create videos to help Grade 6 students transition to the school.
This teacher fully integrated technology into his teaching a decade ago; today, his students pursue First and Second World War history through their phones with his interactive mobile games.
Shaping his teaching to encourage students to engage in science 24 hours a day, this teacher uses SnapChat, Twitter and a very popular course on astronomy to get students talking about science and connecting it to their life.
Students think, do and act with their hearts and minds in this teacher's "heArts" program; working with industry professionals, they design and sell their own clothing, spearhead awareness campaigns and look to the future.
First Nations students from a remote reserve are taking part of the conversation about STEM learning; this educator has inspired them to embrace robotics while remaining firmly rooted in—and ambassadors for—their culture.
This teacher is a natural at building strong, authentic relationships based on trust and honesty; with that bond formed, he then challenges students to work outside their comfort zone in class and the community.
By challenging her students to achieve their best, this teacher helps her students grow into great leaders and communicators: her students organize huge conferences, win prizes in prestigious contests and receive large scholarships.
Prince Edward Island
This educator empowers her students by capitalizing on their natural curiosity and equipping them with the necessary tools to foster a love of learning; students ask the questions that intrigue them and work together to find answers.
These unconventional teachers have made digital technologies and creativity an integral part of concrete, innovative classroom projects that have brought French and English studies to another level.
Students learn from this long-time and innovative northern educator to think creatively beyond PowerPoint to present their ideas, tackle big projects with ease, and become caring global citizens.
Certificates of Achievement
Recipients of Certificates of Achievement
For a week at time, students from across Edmonton come to this teacher's unique school at city hall; they engage with municipal experts, learn about infrastructure and are inspired during the rest of the year to grow as citizens.
Inclusion is a priority for this educator as she leads the way on changing attitudes about acceptance of students of all abilities and backgrounds, and gives these students a chance to show their learning in the way that suits them best.
Learning takes place where relevance, relationship and rigour intersect, says this passionate educator; he enhances his captivating stories with technology and encourages students to connect historical and current events.
Empowering his students to live up to the school motto, "Do your best through truth and courage," this long-time teacher uses technology and physical activity in all grades to get them thinking, questioning, exploring and evaluating.
Using diverse media, this teacher gives children multiple entry points to learning; she also has them take a full-body approach to language, writing letters in the sand with sticks and words with their shaving cream-covered fingers.
With her emphasis on inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism, this educator has become a school focal point for cultural exploration; she wrote the school song for everyone to sing (accompanied by a full band of instruments).
The psychology program this teacher revitalized has grown exponentially in the face of declining enrolment; meanwhile, she brought educators from several schools together to help students succeed as they move into high school.
In both the Kindergarten class and the school library, children thrive under this teacher's watch, taking virtual field trips the world over, engaging with peers across the continent and designing a robot to go with a book they had read.
Newfoundland and Labrador
This thoughtful teacher designed the class schedule so her students have time each day to immerse themselves in the fundamentals of literacy and math; purposeful activities, such as raising salmon for release, engage children in learning.
Hands-on projects that harness the latest technology and incorporate the arts and reading engage this experienced educator's students, providing low-floor entry points and a high ceiling for success.
Dreaming of being a teacher since she was 6, this dedicated educator now helps newcomers to Canada not only master English but also to find the leader inside them to inspire others to be their best.
This teacher uses technology to promote Aboriginal arts and culture and to give her students authentic and stimulating creative experiences filled with discovery.
This veteran teacher sets high expectations for academic rigour and deportment in his classes while opening the world of chemistry in a common-sense way that resonates with young men (the exploding microwave probably helps).
Drama challenges students of all abilities to express themselves, and to connect to local history; this teacher also uses recordings to solicit performance feedback and help fledging actors gain confidence before facing the crowd.
Healthy debate is welcome in this teacher's class as students seek to find their place in the world; running simulations turn the classroom into a desert or a hospital so students can put themselves into history.
Art plays a critical role in this teacher's class, as students who have not succeeded at school due to poverty, substance abuse and other challenges explore, express their feelings and heal by working in a variety of media.
Young authors blossom in this teacher's class, while inquiries into such topics as animals, buildings and outer space turn into full-blown multidimensional courses of study, complemented by plenty of hands-on activities.
This activist educator harnesses technology, both to show children how to answer big questions about global and social issues and to teach skills; he also encourages his students to consider what role they can play in bringing about change.
Rooting her practice in inquiry-based learning, the veteran educator gets her students outside to explore the natural world; with check-in circles students discuss accountability and responsibility, well-being and justice.
Prince Edward Island
Having taught herself French, this long-time educator now shares her expertise on preparing lessons in this language to her fellow educators; for years, students and the community benefited from her efforts to develop future leaders
Taking a holistic approach to teaching, this thoughtful educator and community activist provides many ways for her diverse students to show their learning and encourages them to be increasingly innovative as they mature
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