Archived — Megan Webster
Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Québec
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
St. George's School of Montreal
3100 The Boulevard
Montréal, QC H3Y 1R9
Subjects and grades taught: English and Ethics for grades 7 and 8
Teaching approach“The world is their textbook,” says Megan Webster of her students and her approach to teaching. Passionate about community development, Ms. Webster does not limit her teaching to the classroom. She gets students involved in real issues and real organizations and with unwavering enthusiasm and positive energy, she shows them ways to identify problems, find solutions, take initiative and work safely. Students end up having thought extensively about helping out, positions of power and how to use it, leadership and teamwork.
- In 2009, Ms. Webster led her grade 9 class in the creation of a documentary film called Life in the Open Prison. Students interviewed survivors of the Cambodian genocide and the intent of the film was to post it as content to the www.Citizenshift.org, a website devoted to the creation of media for social activism. Public screenings of the film were held at schools, cegeps and universities around Montreal, as well as at the National Film Board. Check it out at: www.citizenshift.org
- Ms. Webster developed and coordinates the Community Service Learning Pods as part of the volunteering requirement for students. In multi-grade ‘pods’ of 5-10 members, students participate in the life of a community organization. They are led by a trained parent-volunteer and have the opportunity to engage with organizations as workers, educators and advocates.
"In this, my 39th year of working in schools, I must say that Ms. Webster is amongst the most effective and innovative teachers with whom I have had the pleasure to work."
"Ms. Webster taught me English last year in Grade 10, and the Grade 7s and 8s lucked out and got her this year. We had hoped we’d get her in Grade 11… What I liked best about how she teaches is that she is very clear but, also, she loves what she is teaching. Ms. Webster is a very special teacher."
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