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Year: 1999 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Michelle Hurley-Desjardins

School: Good Shepherd School

Principal: Paul Fortier
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 2, all subjects

Teaching approach:

  • Be flexible, ready to change plans, expand or substitute as moments of readiness are identified.
  • Establish a positive atmosphere of love, respect, praise and trust within the classroom, encouraging personal growth, self-confidence and a spirit of sharing and co-operation.
  • Encourage children to become self-motivated and independent learners who strive to be the best they can be, and foster good work habits.

Outstanding achievements:

Encourages communication, independence:

  • children create posters describing lost items, a common occurrence
  • students bring favourite objects from home to show classmates, keep daily journals of stories and experiences, read them to each other
  • physically and developmentally challenged students encouraged to join all class activities.

Fosters each child's uniqueness:

  • celebrates each child's birthday, has an end-of-year birthday party for summer birthdays
  • organizes an awards day during which children present awards to each other for talents
  • encourages imagination and creativity: children stage puppet shows, drama productions, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and go on field trips to sing at hospitals, nursing homes.

Develops love of learning:

  • uses an activity-based mathematics program – "math bags" filled with practical exercises and games to teach abstract math lessons for parent and child to use together
  • employs a whole-language reading program: sets all language activity in a meaningful context; both receptive and expressive activities based on classic children's literature.
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