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Year: 1998 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Peter Sol

School: Alpha Secondary School

Principal: Mike Greenaway
Grades/Subjects Taught: Secondary computer science, information technology

Teaching approach:

  • Kids come first, so give them the best.
  • It's not enough to simply teach theory.
  • Challenge critical and creative-thinking skills with simulations, role playing and projects.

Outstanding achievements:

Creates real-life scenarios to teach both theory and skills:

  • desktop publishing: Acme Acres Books Inc. is owned and operated by students, who wrote, illustrated, edited, test marketed and published a primary grade book. In addition to desktop publishing, students learned leadership, management and decision-making skills.
  • databases and database management: student-run Tourmasters created database of tourism resources, then used it to accommodate tourist groups of different sizes, budgets and interests. Students gained critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while grasping the potential and limitations of databases.

Uses novel assessment methods to inspire and encourage students:

  • students review task parameters and grading criteria, and choose grade goal before starting assignment. Mr. Sol assists and counsels students to achieve their goal.
  • tutor teaching requires students to learn by teaching others, assisting elementary schools in setting up technology programs, supervising and maintaining computer labs, and acting as mentors to staff and fellow students.

Builds enthusiasm with student participation:

  • flexible lesson plans allow student interest to modify projects.
  • computer applications course enrolment grew from 3 students to more than 40 in three years. Average grade is consistently over 80 percent. Advanced Placement computer science enrolment increased from 3 students to 25 in same period.
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