Archived — Recipient Bios

Year: 1999 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador

Certificate of Excellence Recipients

Renee Boyce

School: Bishops College

Principal: Edmund Arnott
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Grades/Subjects Taught: Physics

Teaching approach:

  • Look beyond the classroom walls for the best method to teach a topic.
  • Make physics "phun"!
  • Suit teaching approaches to content: physics is about problem solving and hands-on activities.
  • Provide comfortable and inviting environment to ensure the best learning.

Outstanding achievements:

Enrolment and enthusiasm for physics has increased since Ms. Boyce joined the staff in 1995:

  • Level 3 physics enrolment has increased from two sections to three, with a fourth being added this year
  • number of physics projects in science fair has increased from two to more than 40; two won medals at the Canada Wide Science Fair in 1999
  • Bishops students have maintained the highest average physics marks in the school board and the lowest failure rates
  • increasing number of graduates are pursuing studies in engineering and physics after high school.

Provides teaching leadership throughout the school and province:

  • currently vice-chair of regional science fair committee; involved in preparing bid for 2004 Canada Wide Science Fair
  • helped develop a top-quality physics institute for teachers
  • received Outstanding Master's Thesis Award from the National Association of Research in Science Teaching for research into how students learn physics.

Rave reviews:

"The ability to work both with students who are struggling with a subject as well as being able to challenge and motivate those who can achieve higher goals makes Mrs. Boyce a first-rate teacher." Former student

"[Mrs. Boyce's] physics course caught my imagination and it is by no coincidence that Grade 10 was the first year that I went to the Canada Wide Science Fair." Former student

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