Archived — Shane Thomas Grundy

Year: 2006 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

School: Meyokumin School
5703-19A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T6L 4J8

Principal: Jeanne Carter
School Telephone: 780-463-8409
School Fax: 780-468-6398
School website: www.meyokumin.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 6, Language Arts, Science, Art, Math, Social Studies, Physical Education

Teaching approach:

  • Provides students with multiple mediums to communicate their knowledge and promotes collaborative on-line learning
  • Encourages students to be active in their own assessment and identify further areas for improvement and growth.
  • Adjusts materials to a student's level.
  • Provides regular feedback to students and parents.
  • Gives each student their own spotlight to show their special skills.
  • Encourages students to think beyond their own needs and to think about the needs of others within the school and the community.
  • Uses real life examples for problem-solving.

Outstanding achievements:

  • Mr. Grundy also has his students use the classroom website for posting homework, using the calendar feature to find important dates such as field trips or project due dates, and posting links to online resources to share with other students. He also has his students maintain their own blogs on the classroom website. Students are given time in class to write out their ideas on various topics and them time in the computer lab to forward their journals to Mr. Grundy for approval and upload. Should a student be absent for a period of time from the classroom, they can access and post information remotely.
  • Each week a group of students is asked to prepare podcasts for the classroom website that cover a variety of topics. The website, podcasts and blogs are accessed by student's families in Canada and around the world.
  • Mr. Grundy is creating a website that will allow students to participate in round robin discussion groups based on novels. His ultimate goal for the website is to create an online book club, where students from all over the world can weigh in on the novels being studied.
  • Through a provincial grant and funding from various community organizations, Mr. Grundy is spearheading Video-Conferencing at his school. He is looking at unique ways of bringing subject area experts to the school via video-conferencing and is actively pursuing events so that surrounding schools and community organizations can attend events hosted by the school.
  • Mr. Grundy worked with a local business to establish a job shadowing program for his students to help understand the importance of mathematics outside the classroom. He also created a school video on CD to share with local community organizations and businesses when applying for grants or awards.
  • Mr. Grundy has been involved in a charitable program that supports the technological education of people in need, locally and around the world. The program teaches skills that help young people to become self-sufficient, confident and productive members of society. Most recently, Mr. Grundy worked for 12 weeks with 16 socially underprivileged students from the community for two hours a week in the school's computer lab.
  • At specific times of the year Mr. Grundy will ask his students to create their own Mr. Grundy report card so that he can step back and see where he needs to focus to better reach his students.
  • Mr. Grundy teaches students about the nine multiple intelligences and has his students do inventories. This helps them gain awareness of themselves. He then tailors projects and activities around their strengths and weaknesses.

Rave reviews:

"I love the way he makes connections from out learning to his own life. It makes it much more interesting, and surprisingly easier." - Student

"Shane is an educator who in my opinion, keeps everything centred around his students as they learn (and teach each other) with the measured and well-planned methods that incorporate curriculum and technology." - Teacher, Jasper Place High School

"Shane builds powerful relationships with his student. He has high expectations of them and of himself. His students learn to soon have those same high expectations and begin to see themselves as successful learners. He teaches them to celebrate their successes and look for new challenges." - Principal, Meyokumin School

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