W.O. Mitchell Elementary School, Kanata (Ontario)
Deanna Millard develops innovative lesson plans for her grade 7/8 class. She uses slides, video, maps, newspapers, political cartoons, skits, artifacts, costumes, letters, journals, music, poetry, paintings, debates, fieldtrips and guest speakers to engage her students. In the “Order of Good Cheer”, students live the experiences of the first European settlers to the new world. In the re–enactment of the Charlottetown Conference, students role–play early nation builders and witness the challenges surrounding the development of a new Dominion. Deanna hopes her love of Canadian history will be contagious to her students so that they will never associate it with boredom.