Teacher of the Year brings history to life

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TITLE: Teacher of the Year brings history to life, Applewood Public School, St. Catharines, ON.

Bryce - So today we're going to be working with the two loyalist wills - the ones that had asked or requested to work with, which is great. No one has ever worked with these before. Because the only way for us to tell exactly what it was like here in St. Catharines - was to really go back in a time machine a good two hundred years ago. Short of doing that - this is the best way. I'll get the document camera going.

TITLE: Bryce Honsinger, Teacher of the Year 2010 - Premier's Teaching Award

Bryce - Bryce Honsinger - My name is Bryce Honsinger. I'm an elementary school teacher here at Applewood Public School in St. Catharines. Grade 5/6 class.

Bryce - John Honsinger - he was the Loyalist who first came to St. Catharines with his family. Go ahead and use the document camera at any time, zoom it in.

TITLE: Susan Lawrence, Principal and Nominator

Susan - Bryce has always brought history into the classroom. He started by doing his own research of his family history. And I think that's his natural connection to people and children.

Bryce - They were jacked up. They really enjoyed themselves. Here were boys on the screen, totally engaged, trying to figure out the words - tracing out the letters. They totally were interested - it was like a CSI experiment as far as they were concerned.

Student 1- I enjoy Mr. Honsinger, one he doesn't consider himself better.

Bryce - Beautiful write it down. Excellent pickup.

Student 1- We vote on I would say about 95% of the things in the class.

Student 2 - He makes class time fun like he doesn't just say read this - he makes you want to read it more.

Bryce - See when you trace it back you start to understand the city.

Student 2 - He makes you want to come back everyday.

Bryce - Do you want to keep doing this after lunch?

Students - Yeah!

Bryce - A motivated individual a motivated child is the most valuable thing in the world. The best part of the work is to see that engagement - to see the light going on.

Look at all the things we're learning about lifetimes.

Student 1- He also teaches us life lesions. We also need to learn how to react when someone's teasing us or being bullied. We learn a lot about racism, discrimination, AIDS, poverty, hunger.

Susan - This award is not about Bryce, but it's about what he brings to the classroom and what he brings out in children.

Bryce The award means a lot to me, but it means a lot to me because of the fact that it was from my kids and from my peers and I love coming to work. I love my school. And to know that these people appreciate me and respect what I can do - it means the world to me.

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