Craig Brumwell-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Certificate of Excellence Recipient, Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia

Transcription – Craig Brumwell-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

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

[Caption: Craig Brumwell, Kitsilano Secondary School]

Craig Brumwell: The number one thing that contributes to my students’ learning is being invested in what they are doing. So, if they don’t have an interest, if they don’t have something that’s important to them—to feel like they’re doing this for a reason—there needs to be a bigger purpose for that, so we have to cultivate that.

[Craig speaking in the interview setting alternates with voice over accompanied by still photos, as follow: exterior of Kitsilano Secondary School; Craig gesturing to a heat map of North America projected on the wall, while several students listen; Craig and a male and female student examining something on a computer monitor; and an overhead shot of Craig standing on a large floor map of Canada, with several students sitting at the edges.]

Craig Brumwell: The perfect place for my students to learn would probably be outside, because technology lets us do that now; we’re not constrained by the classroom anymore. We can go out with phones, with tablets, and we can collect data and we can, you know, use apps that are going to analyze, that are going to allow us to take back into a computer lab and put into some sort of post-production or use in some sort of application like a geographic information system. So I think that the more we get outside, and the more we get to places, the better, and we’re lucky we can do that in this period. Technology positively influences my students because we don’t look at it only in terms of rich media and high technology. We look at it through a whole range, so I want them to be able to use their phones, to use their computers and tablets, to use the various platforms that we have in class, but I want them to get their hands dirty, too. I want them to go into our archive. I want them to look at the photographs, and see the handwriting and look at the newspaper articles and feel the trace of the author. And, so I think that in the best world, you are combining those old, traditional types of research and you’re leveraging it with the new technology, and then I think you’ve hit a homerun.

[Craig speaking in the interview setting cuts to voice over with video of Craig standing and addressing his fellow recipients with a microphone, with several listening, followed by a close-up of Craig speaking and then the audience standing and doing an exercise, before cutting back to Craig speaking in the interview setting.]

Craig Brumwell: My biggest piece of advice for pre-service teachers is to think in terms of ‘there’s no bad turns.’ That’s a useful way of approaching everything actually, where there’s opportunity in absolutely all situations, so keep your radar up for teachable moments, for things that interest you. If you’re interested in it and if you’re passionate about it, that’s going to translate to your kids all the time. Kids are super-intuitive and they’re going to pick up on that, so you have to be always looking on the horizon for new things, so there are no bad turns; there’s just opportunities.

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

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