Archived—Clarence Fisher

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Year: 2003 – Province: Manitoba

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: Joseph H. Kerr School
100 Poplar Avenue
Snow Lake, Manitoba R0B 1M0

Principal: Dean Elliot
School Telephone: 204-358-2281
School Fax: 204-358-2116
School Email: josephhkerr@frontiersd.mb.ca
School Website: www.jhk.mb.ca
Teacher Email: fish@mail.jhk.mb.ca
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grade 8/mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, French

Teaching Approach:

Excellence is the practice of self-assessment and self-improvement.

School is not about doing; it's about learning and thinking.

Outstanding Achievements:

Mr. Fisher initiated multiple online, collaborative projects, including a Web-based gallery. Grade 6 and grade 8 students read, draw, sculpt and listen to music to explore the various ways that artists create a specific mood or emotion.

His students collaborated with students in the Netherlands on two projects: Sustainable Industries and Sustainable Lifestyles. Students used email to share information on logging, mining, commercial fishing, trapping, electricity production and usage, waste/water disposal, recycling, etc.

Mr. Fisher's classroom is one of six in North America that are featured in William Kist's book New Literacies in Action.

He encourages students to excel in what they are good at and puts them in contact with professionals from different fields. Some students have won the Frontier Photo Contest and have published their work.

In Praise Of:

"Mr. Fisher is continually willing to learn. He continues to update his knowledge of technology and uses this knowledge to help both staff and students around him. Mr. Fisher gives up many hours of his own time to do this." - Parent

"He makes learning interesting by letting the students discuss viewpoints, instead of just teaching from the book. He tried to get to know his students so he could find out the kind of things they would like to do." - Student