Archived — Joanna Sanders Bobiash
Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Saskatchewan
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Wilfrid Walker School
2102 Wagman Drive East
Regina, SK S4V 0R1
Subjects and grades taught: French Immersion Science and Social Studies for grades 6, 7 and 8
What started as a passing interest in computers and the Internet has turned Joanna Sanders Bobiash into a techie-teacher extraordinaire. Armed with contagious enthusiasm and tireless curiosity, Ms. Sanders Bobiash is the reason students keep coming back for more.
Ms. Sanders Bobiash lets her students put the latest technology to the test and finds resourceful ways to incorporate blogging, skypeing, webquesting and googling into her lessons. Students themselves become resourceful, critical thinkers, confident presenters and creative artists … not just ready for high school, but ready for the world.
- Ms. Sanders Bobiash is largely involved with Heritage Fairs, and her students participate enthusiastically each year, creating projects that explore Canadian heritage and which are based on a wide range of skills and knowledge. She is also the school's driving force and supports teachers and students who are new to the project. A large number of students have advanced to the regional and provincial levels, with one moving all the way to the nationals.
- Ms. Sanders Bobiash inspired and led her class to create a bilingual video through a collaborative writing project about their vision of the future and the impact of technology on their lives. The video was entered in a Best Buy contest and the class won $20,000 worth of iPod Touches, notebook computers and recording equipment for the school.
- Ms. Sanders Bobiash dedicates countless hours to learning more about technology and shares her findings with other teachers in her My Adventures in Educational Technology blog. Her knowledge is put to good use by implementing technological changes in the school community. She also maintains a Twitter account that serves as a professional learning network.
- To engage her students in the Olympics, Ms. Sanders Bobiash got her class involved in the Adopt-an-Athlete program, which raised almost $2,000 for a former student and now gold-medal Olympian.
"I have always admired Joanna's ability to enhance her students' learning with the use of innovative teaching practices (…), a love of learning, and a commitment to her profession. She is a true leader."
"Mme. Bobiash makes learning fun. For example, last year we used our gingerbread houses to learn about and calculate area. Mme. Bobiash makes it so that we are learning, but we don't really notice."
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