Archived — Regan Ross

Year: 2008 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

School: Earl Marriott Secondary School
15751-16th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
V4A 1S1

Principal: Peter Johnston
School Telephone: 604-531-8354
School Fax: 604-531-6174
School Website: www.earlmarriott.com
Subjects and grades taught: Social studies, entrepreneurship and resource in Grades 10 to 12

Teaching approach:

  • Inner-city students have often, through no fault of their own, lost the motivation to learn. Create exciting simulations in which students get to act out the challenges facing historical characters, fictional characters and present-day leaders to recreate interest.
  • In order for learning to be effective, students need to see how the course relates to their lives and the world they live in.

Outstanding achievements:

  • Created The Civic Mirror, a simulation during which the classroom is transformed into a country and students become citizens. Students learn the challenges of making a country work by using a modified version of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as their constitution, electing their own House of Commons with prime minister, providing for a fictional family, trading in a fictional market and operating a justice system. To take the simulation beyond classroom walls, Mr. Ross has developed an online version.
  • Created many other simulations that allow students to experience the curriculum rather than just learn about it.

Rave reviews:

"As an educator, he has managed to instill in students both the academic knowledge they require to continue on but also helped them develop and recognize their own learning style and be able to work with it." Colleague

"He keeps us up-to-date on the Canadian political system. We are encouraged to discuss and debate current political situations and events." Students

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