Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Game Programming teacher receives top award.

Margaret Meijers has been recognised as one of the world's 4 most outstanding teachers in recognition of her work with computer games programming:

Award-winning Tasmanian Government school teacher Margaret Meijers is now officially one of the most outstanding teachers in the world.

Margaret, a teacher at New Town High School, won the Content category for her Games in Learning programs at the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher Awards announced in Philadelphia in the United States this week.


Margaret uses Klik&Play and GameMaker with primary and secondary school students
See her work at http://www.mindtools.tased.edu.au/gamemaker

Congratulations Margaret

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Anonymous luz reyes said...

I would love to hear some comments from her students. I always wonder exactly what is is that separates the great teachers from the simply "good." I think it really comes down to clarity of presentation, nailing down all semantics, and student empathy. At least this has been my experience when learning game programming.

Saturday, January 29, 2011 4:07:00 AM  
Blogger M Meijers said...

Hi Liz

I agree with student empathy being critical. It is vital that teachers know and care about each student as an individual person. Beyond that I believe that the most important thing, particularly in an area like game programming, is to support your students to learn for themselves. This support can be by a range of means such as by asking appropriate questions, providing or directing students to resources or helping them connect with wider learning communities. In teaching you must take care that you do not deprive your students of the opportunity to learn for themselves.
One of the best comments I have had from students is:
"She's a good teacher, she just lets us get on with it"


Saturday, January 29, 2011 10:06:00 AM  

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