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Year: 1997 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
Joan Brent, a 20-year veteran at the Woodman-Cainsville School in Brantford, is known for her eagerness to try new teaching practices and her ability to create stimulating learning environments. Her Grade 2 students, mainly from economically disadvantaged, in many cases single-parent, families, respond enthusiastically to her own passion for scientific discovery. Using the resource-rich Galaxy Classroom curriculum called Fixer Uppers (from TVOntario, the provincial educational channel), her students learn how to use technology and do experiments themselves. And they learn to communicate the results of their studies concisely and clearly. Add to this Ms. Brent's special talent for making natural science exciting and rewarding, and the results are students who develop a more positive attitude towards problem-solving.