Lynn Wilkins

Year: 2010-2011 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

Courcelette Public School
100 Fallingbrook Road
Toronto, ON M1N 2T6

Principal: Phany Captsis
School Tel.: 416–396–6185
School Fax: 416–396–3351
School Email: courcelette@tdsb.on.ca

Subjects and grades taught: Language Arts, Math, Arts, History, Geography, Drama in grade 7; Physical Education grades 1/2 and 2/3

Teaching approach

Student, urban planner or NGO co-founder, students in Lynn Wilkins' class can do it all!  Putting an emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, independent learning and social responsibility, Ms. Wilkins designs projects that allow her students to follow their dreams, build sustainable cities from scratch, or create organizations to save the world.

Outstanding Achievements

  • Ms. Wilkins' Sustainable Building Project serves as a curriculum resource for other environmentally-connected teachers. The project integrates all four language strands, all five math strands, science, art, drama and social studies/geography/history and spans the length of an entire term. Students are placed in groups that develop together a virtual building to be part of a larger community represented by the other groups in the class. At the end of the project, they participate in a convention where each group educates parents, other students and community members on the benefits of eco-activism and sustainable development.
  • In a similar vein, Ms. Wilkins created a project through which students had to set up an NGO from the ground up. Throughout the project, the students raise money and choose a charity to donate it to at the end.
  • Ms. Wilkins' has motivated her students to fundraise thousands of dollars to help build a school in Haiti, the World Wildlife Fund, the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and several other charities.

Rave Reviews

"Ms. Wilkins provides her students with the opportunity to learn not only what is set out in the curriculum but also teaches them how to apply what they learned in school to real life opportunities."

Parent

"Through the project, Mrs. Wilkins took the educational requirements set out in the curriculum and turned it into a real-world experience. If this isn't what education should be about, then what?"

Parent