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Year: 2000 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Isabelle Sellon School
Blairmore, Alberta T0K 0E0
Principal: Dave Liddell
School Telephone: 403-562-8816
School Fax: 403-562-2917
School Website: www.lrsd.ab.ca/isellon
Grades/Subjects Taught: Language arts, health, career and technology studies (CTS)
- Emotion drives motivation, which in turn drives learning.
- A responsible caring individual with a positive attitude is the end product of a good educational system.
- Believe in our young people until they can believe in themselves, and guide them along a safe pathway until they can find their way in life themselves.
Sparks students' interest and commitment in language arts with projects about animals. Even reluctant students get interested and produce quality work when it's about animals, in addition to scoring well on provincial exams. Students show marked improvement in their daily attitudes and behaviour towards each other, animals and themselves.
Developed humane education curriculum as part of the CTS course. These classes attract nearly
20 per cent of the school population each time. Focussing on the responsibilities of a pet owner with lots of hands-on experience, the classes teach valuable skills and attitudes to all students. Graduates join gymkhana clubs, take lessons in dog agility and obedience and join the SPCA.
Initiated technology projects in the classroom. For example, students use survey skills and Internet networking to determine quality of pet care in their school district. They then compile the results into spreadsheets and graphs for a web page.
Established volunteer peer tutoring teams of specially trained grade seven and eight students who plan, deliver and evaluate lesson plans, and help younger students with homework, study habits and organization. Some students are bussed to another school to help there.
"She has a way of bringing out each student's individual talents and gifts and building self-esteem and self-confidence. She renewed my son's confidence in himself and brought out the best in him." Parent
Judith Snowdon believes that humane education should be mandatory in all schools. Seeing the results of her endeavours and the passion of her students, I agree." Fellow teacher