Louise Leclair-Bélanger: A new idea? Why not!

Transcription – Louise Leclaire-Bélanger, Prime Minister's Award recipient

[Black screen fades up to a white background, with the following words appearing, line by line: Prime Minister's Awards. Music playing. Transition to a white and grey screen with medium shot of woman, smiling, on the left side of the screen, with the following words appearing, line by line, on the right and voice over: : Louise Leclair-Bélanger, École élémentaire catholique Lamoureux, Ottawa, Ontario.]

[Fade to black and then to photos, with voice over. Photos: holding a binder; Louise sitting at her desk in front of a lap top, talking with three students; Louise posing at her desk with two students; Louise on the floor with a student looking at a piece of paper; Louise discussing something with a student; Louise explaining something to a student; a close up of Louise sitting on a desk.]

Always attentive to her students' interests, Louise Leclair-Bélanger loves helping her kids tackle stimulating projects. For instance, critical research on digital citizenship resources led to creating a website and a Google apps exercise spawned a technology symposium. She also engages her students through projects that extend beyond the classroom, such as making a video on bullying or organizing an event to help parents navigate the technology shift in education. There are no limits to what she can do!

[Fade to black and then up white and grey screen with medium shot of woman, smiling, on the left side of the screen, with the following words appearing, line by line, on the right: : Louise Leclair-Bélanger, École élémentaire catholique Lamoureux, Ottawa, Ontario. Voice over: Louise Leclair-Bélanger.]

[Fade to white, with the Government of Canada FIP and then the Canada Wordmark appearing in black.]

Year: 2019 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Excellence Recipient

Louise Leclair-Bélanger

Grade 6 (all subjects except integrated arts, physical education and science)
Centre d'enseignement personnalisé Lamoureux, Ottawa, Ontario

"Ms Louise is quite simply a teacher who brings happiness to the classroom...She really has a talent for recognizing the abilities of all students and we felt very appreciated."
— A former student

Louise Leclair-Bélanger excels in the art of customizing her teaching for each student, by mobilizing the options offered by new technologies and using her talent to recognize her students' strengths and weaknesses.

Teaching approach

Louise encourages the curiosity, critical thinking and risk-taking that enable her students to go further, regardless of their skills. She is attentive to their interests and supports them in large project where each learns in a stimulating context.

In the classroom

  • She encourages the students to research information and study at their own pace using platforms and applications on their own Chromebook.
  • Louise makes sure that students use a variety of technological tools effectively and efficiently to prepare them to become active, thoughtful, innovative and independent learners.
  • She starts with situations to explain to students the responsible and ethical use of technologies.
  • A space in the classroom is devoted to use of OZOBOTs, robots that the students program and use for meeting challenges in learning mathematics and French.

Outstanding achievements

  • A simple exercise in the exploration and use of Google applications led to the creation of a symposium, Lamo-Techno, a sort of technology fair where the students presented nearly 25 workshops to the entire student body and teachers.
  • Starting with critical research on existing resources on digital citizenship, her students decided in consultation with specialists, to create a website offering lessons and activities related to the topic.
  • The students in her class made a bullying awareness video using the "Stop, walk away, speak" approach. This video can be seen on the école Lamoureux website.
  • With her students, she set up the Technology Evening for families intended to support parents in the use of technology in education.
Transcription – Louise Leclaire-Bélanger - 2019 Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence

[Black screen fades up to close-up of woman in an interview setting in a school library. Music playing.]

"I think I have always loved children. I have always felt good being with children."

[Fade to black and then up to photo of a woman, smiling, seated on the ground outside with a group of students. The following words appear, line by line, on the left of the screen: Louise Leclair-Bélanger, École élémentaire catholique Lamoureux, Ottawa (Ontario). Voice over.]

"What children want is validation."

[Fade to black and then up to Louise in the interview setting.]

"It's about being heard. That's what I really try to do in my classroom."

[Fade to black and then up to photos, with voice over. Photos: Students working in Louise's class; Louise explaining a problem to a student; students working in class.]

"I try to make the class a safe place and a welcoming place."

[Cut to Louise in the interview setting.]

"I learn about their interests. If a child likes hockey, say, I'll get some hockey cards, and then, on the first day, I'll ask the child, 'Can you sort my hockey cards, I need ...' So, already, the child feels validated."

[Cut to video of Louise working with various students in her classroom. Voice over.]

"I want students to be good, to be happy. I used to be the teacher with everything lined up, I was this teacher ..."

[Back to Louise in the interview setting.]

"…whose desks were all aligned. Everyone had their desk, had their place. But, I have changed a lot."

[Cut to video of students working in Louise's classroom seated at tables, on rugs and stools, and at a desk with a stationary bicycle. Voice over.]

"Flexible seating has completely changed the way I interact with students. If they sit next to their friends, it is they who will self-regulate and say …"

[Back to Louise in the interview setting.]

"'OK, really, tomorrow, I think I'm going to sit somewhere else because ...' Yes, this is what I'm looking for from them. It should not come from me."

[Cut to video of Louise working with students in various places around the classroom. Voice over.]

"I often do not have the answers. In Grade 6, the students make up problems sometimes, then I do not have the answers, and I let them ... I have a consensus mat."

[Back to Louise in the interview setting.]

"I put the mat down, and when students come up with two different answers, I have them sit on it to discuss the problem, and they will reach a consensus. Learning is being done, but it is not me who is teaching them. It is much more valuable if it comes from them."

[Fade to black and then up to photos, with voice over. Photos: Louise and her parents in front of the Prime Minister's Awards banner; Louise speaking behind a podium during her presentation to fellow recipients on her best practices; three recipients listening to a presentation; Louise consulting a document with two other recipients; a group of recipients on Parliament Hill.]

"It has been a very nice experience. It's an incredible group. For me, it was super beneficial. It's the connections, too, that I've developed with these teachers, so we want to set up exchanges, and we want to involve our students in projects ..."

[Back to Louise in the interview setting.]

"… we can have [exchanges] between the provinces. So, yes, I foresee that ... We have a lot of ideas ..."

[Fade to black and then up to Louise in the interview setting.]

"If I had any advice for new teachers, it would really be to get to know each student."

[Cut to video of Louise, seated, and speaking to her students, who are sitting on the classroom floor around her. Voice over.]

"To validate students, then to involve them in their learning as much as possible. Really get to know the students, at the level of their interests. Look for those interests, and then play on those interests."

[Fade to black, with the Government of Canada FIP and then the Canada Wordmark appearing in white.]

Get in touch!

Centre d'enseignement personnalisé
Lamoureux
2540, av. Kaladar
Ottawa, ON K1V 8C5
613-731-3713
https://lamoureux.ecolecatholique.ca/
Twitter : @ecolecatholique

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