Diana Wang-Martin-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Certificate of Excellence Recipient, Glenforest Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario

Transcription – Diana Wang-Martin-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

[Black screen fades up to close-up of woman in interview setting, against a mottled background. Music playing.]

[Caption: Diana Wang-Martin, Glenforest Secondary School]

[Diana speaking in the interview setting alternates with voice over accompanied by still photos, as follows: Diana sitting with other students at a table speaking and gesturing; and Diana sitting on a desk in a classroom speaking with students looking at a laptop.]

Diana Wang-Martin: Students need to feel engaged to learn, and to feel engaged they need to feel respected and heard. And, they also need to feel that they are part of the classroom. The perfect space for students to learn would be a space surrounded by nature or, at the very least, surrounded by windows with natural lighting. If it’s indoors, it would have a living wall filled with plants that are planted by students. Also, ideally, every student would have access to a laptop and a tablet.

[Diana speaking in interview setting alternates with voice over and still photos, as follows: Diana sitting on a desk in a classroom speaking with students; and Diana sitting at a table, speaking with students over lunch.]

Diana Wang-Martin: Technology can be a tool that can help students learn. When used well, it can accelerate the learning process. It can also level the playing field of students with different abilities. And, at some point in the near future we will be a world that’s completely immersed in artificial intelligence. I feel that educators need to provide students with the opportunities to develop these technological skills, so that they don’t fall behind, and that they can access opportunities that require these technological skills.

[Diana speaking in interview setting, followed by cut to voice over accompanied by still photo of Diana standing at table chatting with student in Google sweatshirt, while other students cross room, and cut back to interview setting to conclude.]

Diana Wang-Martin: Students need to learn not just how to use the technology but how the technology is made. So, for example, not just to use the app but maybe to learn how to make the app, so learning how to code, for example, if really important. Instead of just learning how to use the robot, you learn how to build robots so that, in the future, when our world is filled with robots and artificial intelligence, that they have some control over these AIs.

[Cut to voice over with video of Diana standing beside a podium and speaking into a mic, addressing fellow recipients; still photo of Diana with two female students; Diana holding flowers on a stage with four students. Cut back to Diana speaking in interview setting to conclude.]

Diana Wang-Martin: My biggest advice for pre-service teachers is to be compassionate. Students will walk into your classroom with varying degrees of knowledge, skills and abilities. When you’re compassionate, the compassion will help you to be flexible and creative. Teaching is a profession like no others, and I feel it can be as awesome as you make it out to be. Ultimately, that would mean making a positive impact on our future generation.

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[Cut to white screen, with the Government of Canada FIP followed by the Canada Wordmark.]

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