Archived — Gregory Thomas Miyanaga

Year: 2003 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Pinetree Way Elementary School
1420 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, British Columbia V3E 6A3

Principal: Deborah M. Peters
School Telephone: 604-945-7011
School Fax: 604-945-7006
School website: www.sd43.bc.ca
Teacher Email: gmiyanaga@sd43.bc.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 4-5/all subjects

Teaching approach:

"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand." (Old Chinese proverb)

Models, teaches and fosters respect for everyone in the classroom.

Outstanding achievements:

Mr. Miyanaga wrote a new program for social studies called Internment and Redress: The Story of Japanese Canadians. By integrating various curriculum subjects -- such as math, English, sciences, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms -- teachers and students can discuss issues such as multiculturalism, nationalities, prejudice and propaganda. This program is now used nationally and internationally.

He teaches by example, creating outdoor activities for school trips, as well as sponsoring and coaching teams and clubs. Mr. Miyanaga shows flexibility, both working in a team and developing programs independently. He has established a reputation among administrators, teachers and support staff as a skilful teacher and compassionate human being.

Students are given ownership and governance of their classroom. Mr. Miyanaga has condensed Robert's Rules of Order so they are understandable and implemented by the students. Students learn to conduct class meetings, pass motions, second, amend and put forward questions.

He also developed Language Arts lessons that were included in Provincial Performance Standards and created the Action Research initiative, whereby a group of eight teachers meets, shares ideas and resources, and discusses strategies to improve teaching practices.

In Praise Of:

"Working next door to Greg means witnessing his classroom being transformed by students into Fort Langley one week and a Parisian fashion runway another week, because he believes that learning should be active and fun." - Teaching colleague

"The efforts he has made on our behalf to eradicate racism and deal with intergroup issues during this particular difficult period of Canadian history (Japanese Internment for World War II), have left a legacy for students across this nation." - Assistant Superintendent, School District 43 Coquitlam

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