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Canadians need not worry about where their next crop of leaders is coming from. They can be found in the classrooms of the 2005 recipients of the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.

These teachers are firmly convinced of the benefits of letting students take on leadership roles in the classroom and beyond. The teacher is no longer the focus of attention for every period. Students are learning together.

Many times, they are also teaching - and inspiring - the teachers.

Teachers are learning to see beyond the roles of instructor and pupil to get to know the young people in their classrooms, and their families. And getting to know each other as people makes it much easier for both sides to take risks and face the challenges that life brings.

After receiving their certificate from the Prime Minister, the latest recipients met for a day in Ottawa in March 2005 to share teaching philosophies, ideas, best practices and experiences. Common themes surfaced and resurfaced throughout the day. These included big ideas such as providing hands-on, authentic learning experiences for students to engage in their learning, building a community within a community, integrating technology into the curriculum, and helping students learn the new language of the media.

The pages that follow highlight some of what the teachers covered during their time together and what the selection committees thought was noteworthy in their nominations. Grouped together by the themes mentioned above, much of the information is of a practical nature, with the intent that other educators can adapt the ideas for their classrooms and students.

This publication provides some biographical information about each of the Certificate of Excellence recipients and brief profiles of the 50 Certificate of Achievement recipients. More information also appears on the Prime Minister's Awards website.

Features section of the Exemplary Practices 2005

Articles section of the Exemplary Practices 2005