Liz Canvin: Superteacher

It is the ultimate accolade/compliment for a teacher to be recommended for an award by her students.

Head of Geography at Grays School and Media Arts College, Liz Canvin clearly has a real connection with her students. They know where they are going and she perfectly blends a firm but fair style with a real passion for her subject.

Liz beat hundreds of applicants in the South East region, to receive the distinction level Becta Award for Next Generation Learning at the 2009 Teaching Awards.

She was nominated by two students wanting to show their appreciation for her exciting and challenging lessons, as well as her writing of a Geography GCSE revision book specific to the work they had done in preparation for the exam.

Elizabeth, who is also the school’s Head of Geography said: “Thanks to the girls who nominated me and the other pupils in the school who work really hard and make teaching such a pleasure.

“I love teaching at the school and enjoy preparing lessons that include tasks encouraging student roles of responsibility, which in turn allow them to ‘teach’ each other.

“I also use video technology to support students in improving their media skills, using the footage as part of their self and peer assessments.”

Cabinet member for Children’s Service, Cllr Sue MacPherson said: “I would like to congratulate Elizabeth on her outstanding efforts which have led to this nationally recognised award.

“It is so encouraging to see the positive impact a teacher can make and the feedback from her students has been brilliant. Well done.”

Becta is the government agency leading the national drive for effective and innovative use of technology through learning, and sponsors awards that identify and reward training providers in the Further Education and Skills Sector, who are confident in the use of technology and are using it to make a difference to their learners’ outcomes.

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