Archived — Hajime (Eddy) Matsumoto

Year: 2003 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School
419-24th Avenue East
Vancouver, British Columbia V5S 2T9

Principal: Jennifer Palmer
School Telephone: 604-713-8233
School Fax: 604-713-8232
School email: tupper@vsb.bc.ca
School website: http://tupper.vsb.bc.ca
Teacher Email: Mathmats@hotmail.com
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 8-11, mathematics

Teaching approach:

Makes math come alive, bringing it "off the page" for students.

Creates a learning environment that is both stimulating and vibrant.

Encourages students to listen attentively and communicate effectively in each and every lesson.

Outstanding achievements:

Mr. Miyanaga wrote a new program for social studies called Internment and Matsumoto's achievements in mathematics include implementation of:

  • the Accelerated Math Program at Lord Byng, his former school, where students completed Math 8, 9, and 10 in two years, allowing them to take Math 12 in Grade 11 and Calculus in Grade 12.
  • a co-operative teaching technique that allows students to collaborate and reinforce each other's learning.
  • a unique homework checking method - The Random Homework - a valuable tool that helps students learn and be organized, reinforcing the idea that the more you practice, the better you become.
  • the first Integrated Marks program, a computer program used in calculating student marks that has now become the standard in all schools in the district.

He established the first elementary school computer lab in British Columbia at Shaughnessy Elementary in Vancouver and was instrumental in setting up computer labs in four other elementary schools.

He also serves on many committees such as the Technology, Learning Resources, Professional Development, Staff and Social committees.

In Praise Of:

"From him, I learned to lead with a velvet glove instead of an iron fist. From him, I learned compassion, empathy, ethics and positive leadership." - Mathematics Department Head

"He neither intimidated us nor did he allow any student to intimidate another. Instead, he saw us as equals (no pun intended) with limitless potential." - Former student

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