Archived — Recipient Bios
Year: 1999 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Fernie Secondary School
Principal: Jim Hay
Grades/Subjects Taught: Life skills, remedial mathematics and English, science, social studies
- Evaluate student's problems and needs, develop an individual program to address them and lead student to gradual improvement.
- Make it clear that you expect students to behave well, tell them what behaving well means; they will live up to your expectations.
- Remember that everyone wants to work with people who will treat them with respect, including — or especially — students with physical, developmental and academic difficulties
Energized life skills teaching in school and community:
- teaches 23 educationally handicapped students, some with mental disabilities, severe learning disabilities, severe behaviours, drug and alcohol abuse, with four teacher aides
- focuses on distinguishing appropriate from inappropriate behaviours, effective communication in daily living activities, setting and pursuing realistic goals
- increased enrolment in program from 8 students to 23 in four years
- created tutoring program: regular program students go to life skills class to earn credits tutoring; 4 of 11 tutors pursuing studies in rehabilitation and related disciplines
- found or arranged co-operative placements, employment for students in community, which give these youth valuable experience and affirmation.
Organized participation in Operation Trackshoes, a sports festival in Vancouver for people with mental and physical disabilities. Students:
- practised social skills with fundraising and thank yous
- practised money and banking skills as they created budget, collected funds for trip
- practised writing skills with letters of inquiry, request and thank yous to community
- won sportsmanship awards at sports festival.
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