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The 2021 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario)

is awarded to

Ashley McCarl-Palmer

"I feel so lucky to be among the past winners who are some of the greats in physics teaching." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2021 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Ontario) is awarded to Ashley McCarl-Palmer, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, to recognize her passion and dedication to teaching physics, her innovative teaching methods, and her commitment to collaboration and sharing with other teachers. announcement

Ashley is driven to improve her practice continuously. She is a risk-taker who pushes her students to leap out of their comfort zones and feel more successful and accomplished as a result. Her students speak highly of her effort, her energy and her passion, all of which create a dynamic and positive learning environment.

Inquiry-based learning, or active learning, is well-established in Ontario physics classrooms after years of leadership and research from post-secondary institutions. Ashley has adopted these practices, which focus on conceptual learning and student-constructed knowledge. She spirals content to give students multiple opportunities to experience and consolidate important concepts, witnessing deeper understanding and retention in her students.

Never one to turn down a learning opportunity or an opportunity to inspire others with her learning, Ashley participates in, and has lead, multiple professional learning opportunities. She has consulted with the Perimeter Institute Advisory Team on materials designed for grade 11 Physics courses, and she has shared her learning about sequencing content and a gradeless classroom with science and non-science educators around the province at various conferences, including Bring It Together, CONNECT and Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario.

She is valuable active and contributing member of the physics educator community. nominator citation

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