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Greetings from the 1995 National recipients

When we met in Ottawa in February, the first thing we all wanted to do was to share ideas and techniques. This book grew out of those enthusiastic discussions.

There is a constant flow of new ideas in education. Some of the approaches that have come along have proven to be effective; others have not. It is our belief, however, that the most important factor for success in the classroom is enthusiastic teachers teaching enthusiastic students. We are not blessed with magical vision that enables us to determine ahead of time what will work. But we can say that any teacher who strongly believes in what he or she does and uses classroom techniques that capture and hold students' interest will make a major and important contribution to his or her community.

In this book, you will find a wide variety of thoughts and ideas, tips, teaching techniques and extra-curricular activities related to science, technology and mathematics that have been proven in classrooms all across Canada.

We have each contributed an article outlining an effective practice that we use. Each section begins with a short description of the philosophy behind the best practice followed by an explanation of the context in which each approach is used, the level of students for which it is intended and how it is done.

It is our hope that this material will be useful to other teachers. You will find essential details and contact information for any other resources required. We encourage you to experiment and modify the approaches presented here to suit your own unique needs.

We also hope that this information exchange will not be a one-way process. We have all benefited from advice and help from other teachers over the years and welcome the chance to hear from you. There are a number of avenues open for Canadian teachers looking to share ideas. We encourage you to join the PMA listserver, an electronic mailing list, that we all belong to. Visit the Prime Minister's Awards website for subscription information. You will also find lots of other information and ideas.

PMA recipients come from all parts of Canada. Due to space limitations, only national-level recipients can be profiled here. However, all local and regional recipients are listed along with their schools and communities in the back of this book. Maybe you will be inspired to contact a PMA recipient near you. If you want more information, please call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), or send an email.

Features
Features section of the Exemplary Practices 1995

Articles
Articles section of the Exemplary Practices 1995