Archived — Meg O'Mahony

Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: University of Toronto Schools
371 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R8

Principal: Malcolm Levin
School Telephone: 416-978-3212
School Fax: 416-978-6775
School email: info@uts.oise.utoronto.ca
School website: www.uts.oise.utoronto.ca
Teacher Email: momahony@uts.oise.utoronto.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 7, 11-12/science, biology

Teaching approach:

Wants to role-model social, learning and problem-solving skills in a safe and caring, yet adventurous environment.

Wants to ensure that students' perception of any of these skills does not include gender, racial or other discriminatory biases.

Outstanding achievements:

Innovative scientific teaching practices include:

  • having students take on the role of electrons and move between desks to simulate transport chains.
  • using bubbles to explore the properties of biological membranes.
  • learning about the details of DNA structure through paper origami and making bead jewellery.
  • using The Magic School Bus videos to review biology and to teach the differences between observations and inferences.
  • introducing reflective journals to document understanding of theories and how components of the Evolution Unit are really integrated concepts.

Ms. O'Mahony encourages students to attend lectures at the University of Toronto and use its libraries for research/assignments. She also implemented a partnership program with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, placing students as volunteers in research labs.

Her students make extensive use of information technology, such as online labs and virtual conferencing/tutoring/mentoring. Information on upcoming lectures and competitions is shared with students. She facilitates professional development workshops with peers inside and outside of the school.

In Praise Of:

"Because of her fervour and dedication towards science, I have decided to major in biology at university to fulfill the thirst of knowledge and understanding that she has aroused within me." - Former student

"Her influence is widely felt, and there are many students who have been influenced, either directly or indirectly, by Meg and her knowledge, skills and love of teaching." - Co-ordinator, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Halton District School Board (retired)

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