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Year: 2000 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Jasper Place High School, Stratford Campus
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 2P2
Principal: Cheryl Belyea
School Telephone: 780-484-3381
School Fax: 780-489-2972
School Website: jp.epsb.net
Grades/Subjects Taught: French, physics, science, mathematics
- Hands-on learning through laboratory investigations is the best way to learn physics.
- There is only so much that can be learned inside one classroom; find other learning environments whenever possible.
- Give students an opportunity to identify their weaknesses and time to gain mastery of them.
Created an outstanding physics program in a small school with no previous physics department and a limited budget. When the school amalgamated with Jasper Park High School, Mr. Bratu continued to teach all levels of physics along with four courses in French:
- most student learning is through laboratory investigations, effective questioning techniques and problem solving; lectures simply summarize the lesson's conclusions
- physics students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in June 2000, with 31.8 per cent scoring 80 per cent or higher
- number of students taking grade 12 physics increases every year
- students voluntarily participate in one or more of three national physics competitions.
Extended physics opportunities in 1999 with institution of the International Baccalaureate program. Student participation increases every year, and achievement is above world average (5.40 out of seven compared to 4.75 out of seven).
Was the first teacher in Alberta to teach physics in French.
"I believe that Mr. Bratu's unique teaching method, as well as his commitment to developing all the life skills necessary for the success of me and my classmates, merit him to be recognized as a truly excellent teacher." Student
"This man's passion for physics and desire to help students learn has become well known both at Stratford and within the Edmonton Public School District." Assistant principal