More thoughts from the Microsoft Innovative Teacher’s Conference.
The attendees at the conference included innovative teachers from Manitoba and teachers from across Canada who have been chosen as one of Canada’s Innovative Teachers in past years. The Innovative Teacher Award is a great experience! Jacinthe Robichaud, who is the director of Partners in Learning in Canada, has chosen, as a prize, to give the experience of a lifetime to the teachers who win this award. I was fortunate to be chosen in 2006, and was sent, all expenses paid, to a World-wide Innovative Teacher’s Conference in Philadelphia, and to the Asia Regional Innovative Teacher’s Conference in Cambodia. Indeed the experience of a lifetime. The opportunity to talk to and work with teachers from around the world still impacts my practice today.
Jacinthe hosted one of the sessions that I attended at the conference in Winnipeg, and she spoke of her desire to create an “innovative student” award as well. She asked for feedback about what criteria she should use to chose, what would be an appropriate award and even what to do about primary students and students with special needs.
The obvious award from a company involved in the development of technology is a computer, but Jacinthe spoke of her desire to instead give the students an experience they will remember for a lifetime, just as the teachers are.
I think that this is a great proposal. What would you suggest to her? Criteria? A suitable award? Primary students and students with special needs?
Photo: 2006 Innovative Teachers in Cambodia