Félix Arguin and Guillaume Laporte-2018 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Certificate of Excellence Recipient, Séminaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec

Transcription – Félix Arguin and Guillaume Laporte-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: Félix Arguin, Séminaire de Sherbrooke]

Félix Arguin: The main factor that promotes student learning is motivation; it is the engine of learning.

[Cut to Guillaume speaking in interview setting (caption: Guillaume Laporte, Séminaire de Sherbrooke), alternating with voice-over accompanied by photos, as follows: Guillaume pointing with a screwdriver toward two students working in a room; Félix wearing headphones looking at a computer as a student reads a text into a microphone.]

Guillaume Laporte: When we are able to do something for someone on the other hand, to help someone, to have a little influence on our community—there is great pride and then it directly influences the motivation. So, everyone can be helpful, and if we can help someone else in the process, in learning, well it's an added value.

[Return to Félix in interview setting alternating with the voice over accompanied by a video and photos, as follows: Félix speaking into a microphone, next to a podium, addressing his fellow recipients, with Guillaume in the background; Félix surrounded by six students sitting or standing in front of a microphone, a tablet and a computer; and Guillaume and seven students around a workbench on which rests a dismantled electric guitar and several tools.]

Félix Arguin: The perfect context, I do not pretend to know what it is, but I think it is in line with collaboration—real collaboration between the student and the teacher, but also between the student and his community. It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, the school makes a good village, but we can enlarge the village to include the whole community.

[Back to Guillaume in interview setting alternating with voice over accompanied by a video of Guillaume speaking animatedly into a mic, next to a podium, with Félix in the foreground.]

Guillaume Laporte: Maybe the village should be outside the school. Maybe it's the community, or maybe even the whole world. So, there are links to be made externally. If we can get our students out of school, that's probably the best context, in my opinion.

[Return to Félix in the interview setting alternating with voice over accompanied by a photo and a video, as follows: Félix accompanied by three students in front of a green screen, one of the students is holding a tablet and large lights are pointed towards them; Félix standing at the microphone in front of two screens on which are projected cubes with social media logos.]

Félix Arguin: There is no doubt that technology can have positive impacts if, of course, we provide our students with a solid grounding in technology and digital citizenship. Technology can easily simplify repetitive tasks, but it also open up opportunities for collaboration. It also allows students to develop a greater critical sense.

[Back to Guillaume in the interview setting alternating with voice over accompanied by a photo of Guillaume and two students around a table at which they work with electrical tools.]

Guillaume Laporte: It’s important that technology skills in the 21st century—the skills that employers are looking for—are often related to technology. But, at the same time, it’s not necessary to use technologies for creativity or problem solving, but there is an advantage in being able to be versatile with technologies and to use them effectively. Then it can improve our creativity and efficiency in our daily lives, in our jobs, but also it allows us to learn more independently.

[Back to Félix in the interview setting alternating with voice over accompanied by a video of him speaking to recipients with a microphone, in front of a screen.]

Félix Arguin: Do not be afraid to try. Be curious. I think there is no better model for a student than to see his teacher learning on a daily basis.

[Back to Guillaume in interview setting alternating with the voice-over accompanied by a video of Guillaume speaking at the microphone, Félix in the foreground. Back to Guillaume in interview situation to conclude.]

Guillaume Laporte: Surround yourself with people who have energy, who have a passion, who want to surpass themselves, who want the good of the students, and to always be on the lookout around you, to see what links I can make with my community or to improve certain projects, to always see what can be done better or what we can improve. Then, not to be afraid to take risks because we are in a great profession and we can be proud of it.

[Fade to black.]

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

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