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Year: 1996 – Province: Alberta
Michael Dzwiniel has had a positive effect on students far beyond the walls of Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton, Alberta. Long before integrating scientific, technological and social concerns became the norm, Mr. Dzwiniel wrote several textbook s using this approach for high school students. He has also used these principles to develop labs, demonstrations and a travelling chemistry magic show. He regularly invites elementary students to work side-by-side with his high school students in the lab oratory, thereby improving the high school students' understanding of subjects and their communication skills, as well as exposing elementary students to advanced scientific concepts. Mr. Dzwiniel argues that the ultimate measure of a teacher's success is the success of his or her students. On provincial examinations, his students regularly outperform the average by a considerable margin. They excel in less tangible ways as well. For example, several students who went on to study chemistry at university credit Mr. Dzwiniel with showing them the exciting possibilities the subject area offered.