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    Year: 2000 – Province: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Certificate of Achievement Recipients

    Peggy March

    School: Macdonald Drive Junior High School
    152 Macdonald Drive
    St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador  A1A 2K9

    Principal: Ann Cody
    School Telephone: 709-753-8240
    School Fax: 709-753-1243
    School Website: www.mdj.K12.nf.ca
    Grades/Subjects Taught: Social studies

    Teaching Approach:

    • Teach students, not subjects.
    • Challenge yourself and students to see if you can accomplish your goals.
    • Understand that learning is achieved through freedom to explore, and that the fewer the rules, the more structured and productive the classroom atmosphere.

    Outstanding Achievements:

    Initiated and sustained numerous innovative programs in geography curriculum, and developed creative and fun-filled units, such as "The Settlement of North America" and "Japan." These study units use a variety of resources, including the Internet, origami, listening stations and dictionaries to guide students' learning.

    Highlights importance of process as well as content in student learning by using criteria-based evaluation, to mark not only content and presentation of knowledge, but also students' level of cooperation, initiative and group skills. Students have a 95 per cent pass rate and line up to be in

    Mrs. March's class.

    Spearheaded introduction of Geographic Information Systems and geomatics into Newfoundland classrooms. Computerized database mapping technology enriches teaching of geography and other subjects. Led students' participation in the three-year Canadian Communities Atlas project.

    Encourages student participation in local, provincial and national heritage fairs. Recently, several students earned top three spots in the Great Canadian Geography Challenge.

    Rave Reviews:

    "She has shown me how to open the door to my opportunities." Honour Society student

    "Peggy's two passions are her students and geographic education. Her approach to both has been one of total commitment, high energy and outstanding creativity." Fellow teacher