Archived — James Duffett

Year: 2008 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

School: Queen Elizabeth Regional High School
PO Box 16007, Station Foxtrap
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador
A1X 2E2

Principal: Wayne Rodgers
School Telephone: 709-834-2081
School Fax: 709-834-7121
School Email:
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Subjects and grades taught: Biology in Grades 10 to 12

Teaching approach:

  • Make extensive use of multimedia presentations, draw on outside resources offered by institutions such as universities and medical schools and bring in guest speakers to excite students' interest and make them aware of the crucial role biology plays in the world.
  • Sound evaluation processes that offer detailed analyses to students must back up good teaching.

Outstanding achievements:

  • Spent the last several years developing a major evaluation project recently described in the journal Connections. The new evaluation method seeks to provide more support for those students who have not received satisfactory marks the first time round. Not simply a second chance, the approach requires a serious commitment from students, including attending tutorials, before they can retake a test.
  • One of the first teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador to use a Tablet PC to teach biology.

Rave reviews:

"His students realize that the more effort that they put into their studies, the more successful they will be, a seemingly obvious fact, but one which is frequently overlooked by today's busy teenagers." Student

"The word can't just doesn't exist. He had such an upbeat attitude that he put hope back where there was none." Parent

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