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Greetings from the 1997 Certificate of Excellence recipients

This was the first year the Prime Minister's Awards competition was open to teachers from all disciplines. As a result, there was an incredible collection of ideas on the table when we got together for the first time. We had quite a discussion about our work, and some of us are still talking months later. It would not be honest to say we all agreed about everything but there were many common elements in our teaching practices.

We found, for example, that we are all trying to raise the bar. Every Certificate of Excellence recipient this year and in previous years was obviously trying to find more effective ways to help students learn. Approaches that were new and exciting just a few years ago are often much more advanced than when we first heard about them.

At the same time, we learned that while no one has found the perfect approach, successful teachers are all good at creating relevant and structured environments in which their students can learn. What environments are best? That is a question we don't know the answer to, but we do all have educated opinions and, in this book, we share some of the things we have learned about learning environments.

All of the ideas you will find here have worked for us and we share them with other teachers in the hope that they can use them in their classrooms. Better yet, if you have great ideas of your own, we encourage you to prove them in the classroom and then tell others about them.

There are many avenues open to Canadian teachers looking to share ideas. The Internet has made this communication easier and faster than ever before, allowing us to connect with colleagues locally and around the world.

Award recipients come from all parts of Canada. Due to space limitations, only Certificate of Excellence recipients are profiled here. However, all Certificate of Achievement recipients are listed, along with their schools and communities. Maybe you will be inspired to contact a teacher near you. If you would like more information, please call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) or send an email.

Features section of the Exemplary Practices 1997

Articles section of the Exemplary Practices 1997-1998