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Year: 2000 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Perth and District Collegiate Institute
13 Victoria Street
Perth, Ontario K7H 2H3
Principal: Wayne McCuen
School Telephone: 613-267-3051
School Fax: 613-267-4538
Grades/Subjects Taught: English, drama
- Demand excellence. Push students to dig deeper into a text, delve further with metaphor and symbolism and write at a high level.
- Teach by example. An attitude of interest, commitment and passion will elicit the same from the students.
- Use questions. Draw students out of themselves, summarize and advance discussions, and introduce new concepts through questioning techniques.
Instituted innovative use of email in senior English independent study projects: Students contact experts and authors in their field of research by email. Students love this approach and learn to see English literature as a living and growing subject.
Originated the English Independent Study Brain Fair, at which students present to the school and parents interdisciplinary independent projects in arts, sciences and humanities following a science fair model.
Inspires many students to pursue arts or fine arts degrees, including three of the Class of 2000's top five students.
Uses drama club to teach more than stage moves. Students develop leadership, organization, positive attitudes and behaviour, maturity, responsibility and communication skills while developing, rehearsing, performing and travelling with a production.
Students win significant entrance awards and scholarships to universities, attributing their success to Mrs. Mason's teaching.
"English was not a subject confined to dusty pages, read reluctantly. Literature became alive and relevant in our lives." Former student
"Carolee Mason is one of those rare teachers who brings to her work not only a keen intelligence but a passion for the arts and, most importantly of all, a compassion that links the student to the artist through the text." Parent, author