Archived — Lois McMillan

Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
155 Paisley Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 2P3

Principal: Judy Sorbara
School Telephone: 519-824-9800
School Fax: 519-822-5962
School email:
School website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 9-12/French

Teaching approach:

Creates a stimulating and innovative learning environment.

The best learning environment comes from excellent teacher preparation.

Creates an atmosphere in which students feel comfortable.

Outstanding achievements:

Ms. McMillan creates an atmosphere in which students feel comfortable expressing themselves. Her positive attitude is adopted by students across the board, from the most reluctant learner to the highest achiever.

She uses structured dramatic dialogue, personal questions in French relating to issues pertinent to her students, mixes French and English, and has students create structured dramatic dialogues. Props, sets and drama make a lively and fun-filled classroom.

Ms. McMillan has students create posters, three-dimensional figures, videos and paintings. These ativities stimulate creativity and encourage real-world applications of French. Students are asked to read French books, watch French television programs and/or listen to Radio Canada. Consequently, students learn that French class extends to everyday life and that they can learn outside the classroom.

In Praise Of:

"Had it not been for Mme McMillan showing me that I did in fact have the ability to learn French and pushed me that extra step, I would not have had the confidence to pursue university at a bilingual campus." - Former student

"Long after students departed her class and the school, they remember her skilled teaching, warm friendship, and interest in their well-being." - Former Principal of Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute

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