Donna Armstrong-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Certificate of Excellence Recipient, Crescent Heights High School, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Transcription – Donna Armstrong-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: Donna Armstrong, Crescent Heights High School]

[Donna speaking in interview setting alternates with voice over accompanied by still photos, as follows: Donna and three female students in front of laptops; and Donna in a studio in front of a microphone with headphones on listening to a man, also wearing headphones.]

Donna Armstrong: The number one factor contributing to my students’ learning has to be positive relationships. In my classroom, we try to create a safe and caring environment, where all students are encouraged to explore, and to contribute, and to create, and to connect to others. We make sure that everybody is able to contribute in their own way.

[Donna speaking in interview setting, with cut near the end to voice over and still photo of Donna and a smiling young man in front of a computer with a large-print keyboard.]

Donna Armstrong: I have three rules in my classroom. The first one is respect, trust and performance. And, within those guidelines, we try to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity, that everybody is able to express their ideas with constructive criticism, able to explore the different technologies, with assistive devices, if necessary, so that everyone feels like they belong.

[Donna speaking in interview setting then cuts to voice over with still photos, as follows: a computer lab; Donna and several young women posing in matching t-shirts, with cameras; and Donna with a video crew in front of lockers.]

Donna Armstrong: The idea behind communications technologies is that we are able to give students meaningful opportunities that use industry-standard software and concepts, and that they are able to use those transferable skills into the workplace or post-secondary.

[Cut back to Donna in interview setting, and then voice over continuing with video of Donna addressing fellow recipients at podium. Cut back to Donna speaking in interview setting to conclude.]

Donna Armstrong: My biggest piece of advice for pre-service teachers is that in university you learn all about classroom management and the curriculum, but the foundation is building relationships. So, for me, making sure that when a student comes to my classroom that they feel like they belong, they feel like they can contribute, they’re somewhere where people care about them, because I’m their biggest cheerleader.

[Fade to black.]

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

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