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Year: 2009 – Province: Prince Edward Island
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Charlottetown Rural High School
100 Raiders Road
Charlottetown PE C1E 1K6
Principal: Susan Willis
School Tel.: 902-368-6905
School Fax: 902-368-6906
School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subjects and Grades Taught: Grade 10 science and Grade 12 biology
Patricia Shields, who has been teaching since 1996, has long been a leader in the integration of information and communications technology in the classroom in Prince Edward Island. She has consistently enabled her students to learn new technology skills that have enhanced their learning opportunities and shared her knowledge and experience with fellow teachers. Her recognition of the power of technology to enhance student learning inspired her to get her Master's in education from Acadia, with a focus on technology and curriculum.
Ms. Shields is a firm believer in using technology to create collaborative learning opportunities so students can develop critical-thinking, interpersonal, problem-solving and organizational skills. She also makes opportunities to use technology to give students a voice on issues (through online forums) and learn about proper and safe online practices.
- Ms. Shields conducted a successful trial and then sought out a grant to buy an audience-response system to use in her classroom. She is the first public school teacher in P.E.I. to do so. The audience response system consists of handheld transmitters ("clickers") that send wireless signals to a central receiver and computer. Ms. Shields poses multiple-choice questions and the results are tabulated immediately by the central computer and displayed as a graph. This technology enables her to conduct real-time formative assessments of student learning, and allows students to test their understanding with no fear of embarrassment.
- She uses student-constructed case studies as a teaching tool. Students research a human disorder and then create a hypothetical patient and case study for fellow students to study. This collaborative learning project requires students to do research and employ critical thinking. They must then use their communication skills to share what they have learned with their peers.
- Ms. Shields is a member of a school development team whose responsibilities include creating a study skills set for the entire student body. She contributed to this effort by developing a module on note-taking methods, skills and strategies.
"Above all else, Ms. Patricia Shields is a quality classroom teacher. She is highly credible and very creative in all she does. Her love of her job and caring manner is very evident in her work with young people. She has been most successful in the integration of the use of technology in the various science courses she has taught." Colleague
"When I first began Grade 10, I assumed all classes were like hers. I was wrong." Student