Marie Bélanger: A contagious quest for innovation
Year: 2019 – Territory: Yukon
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Grade 5 (practical skill, mathematics, social studies, French, career education,
physical education, arts)
École Émilie-Tremblay, Whitehorse, Yukon
"Marie prepares our students for a digital and innovative economy. In turn, they will keep on developing their own culture of innovation that we need now and in the future." — Nominator
Thanks to her particular experience, insatiable curiosity and boundless energy, Marie Bélanger is a teacher who knows how to inspire her students and colleagues alike to dive into the world of innovation.
Marie is a gold mine of resources and strategies that enable her students to progress at their own pace, to discover the universe of ICTs through stimulating projects and to share beyond the classroom the many things they learn, making them feel valued and heard.
In the classroom
- By setting up a flexible classroom, Marie enables the children to work together in creative work spaces where they can show their leadership and involvement.
- She often uses old unused equipment that the students take apart and put back together so that they can discover how it works.
- Marie has created a comic strip with characters representing her students in actual situations to make them aware of ethics, consent, reliability of sources and online security.
- She uses FreshGrade, an electronic portfolio platform that enables her to post and share the students' work with their parents as well as supporting their learning.
- With the assistance of a computer technician and two high school students, she has written and produced training capsules for teachers on the use of technology in the classroom (capsules available on YouTube).
- With her grade 5 class, she also participated in filming capsules for the Pédagogie à l'école de langue française (PELF) project which aims to develop teaching methods that are specific to minority settings and developing training for personnel.
- Her students won 1st place in the regional final and 3rd place in the national final in the Destination Imagination competition in which they had to compete against other teams in challenges in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, fine arts and learning through service.
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