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Lessons learned in Oslo

Lessons learned in Oslo

[photo of Janet Nadeau]

Since embarking on a trip to the Arctic aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen in the fall of 2006, Janet (Henderson) Nadeau, Artsci/PHE’80, Ed’81, has been actively involved in teaching Polar Science, including the development of educational outreach programmes aimed at the local, provincial and national levels. In June, Janet was selected as one of 120 teachers in the world to attend the International Polar Year (IPY) science conference in Oslo.

“The agenda was extremely full, packed with presentations by polar scientists, who described the findings of their most recent field research. Teachers also presented programmes that they had developed in the field.” Janet teaches Biology and Physics at Gloucester High School, and plans to incorporate polar research into each of the five units of study in those courses. This summer, she has been writing individual lesson plans for high school Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and has been asked to have them published on the Schools on Board website. She is also looking forward to some good news regarding an alternative energy project she has been working on – the acquisition of a wind turbine for Gloucester High School.

What is next for this Ottawa teacher? “Well, I would like to understand more about the elimination of various species and the population growth of others, and I would also like to take a look at the goals of IPY in Canada, to see if there is some work for me in helping them move forward. Otherwise, the best platform is in the classroom – students are eager learners, and quick to rise to a challenge!” janet.nadeau@ocdsb.ca