ARCHIVED—James Kelso, Marilyn McKnight
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Year: 2009 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Argyll Centre, Main Campus
6859 100th Avenue
Edmonton AB T6A 0G3
Subjects and Grades Taught: Grade 7
James Kelso and Marilyn McKnight serve and act as advocates for individuals and families who have decided to determine for themselves the optimal location, direction and environment for their learning and education. Argyle Centre students range from home-schoolers to lifelong learners seeking online resources to help them improve their knowledge and qualifications. Mr. Kelso and Mrs. McKnight, who work out of Edmonton and Calgary respectively, share the teaching of the Grade 7 curriculum, taking advantage of the Internet to work effectively as a team and offer a consistent approach.
Mr. Kelso and Mrs.McKnight meet with each family at the beginning of the year to create an individual education plan for each student. They take family plans, such as travel or relocation, into account to create programming that result in student success. The two teachers work diligently to include parents as active partners for the rest of the year as well.
- These two teachers were quick to embrace the e-learning portal at the Argyll Centre as soon as it became available and have made a resounding success out of on-line teaching. They make effective use of a wide variety of distance learning technology including E-LIVE, QuizZone, LearnNet and supportive tools, such as white boards, blogs, email and websites.
- Online learning is "asynchronous", meaning that students use materials at their pace. This creates multiple challenges for students to develop their organizational and time management skills. Mr. Kelso and Mrs.McKnight support students' efforts by scheduling orientation sessions, posting year plans and keeping in touch via email.
- The two teachers have implemented a strategy for identifying at-risk students early, which is a vital requirement in online learning. They monitor on-line logins, the number of assignments submitted for assessment, the level of communication and students' use of technology, and compare these to benchmarks they have established. This allows them intervene before a student gets seriously behind.
"I received my Honours Standing award in Grade 7 and I am sure that this is, in part, thanks to Ms. McKnight. I wish I could have her for my teacher every year." Student
"Mr. Kelso has led us as a learning family down a road that previously was difficult but now, with his help, has become one that is easy to be on. Having three children, all with different strengths, we needed someone to be our guide and organizer. We have found that with Mr. Kelso." Parent