Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Makings of an Effective Teacher

By Kim Zeydel, 2015 Idaho Teacher of the Year

People often wonder what makes one teacher effective and another teacher not as effective. Here are some examples of an effective teacher:

  • Passionate about the subject they teach
  • Compassionate toward their students...
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Journey to True Stardom

By Amanda (Kozak) Miliner, 2015 Georgia State Teacher of the Year

Our society today seems obsessed with fame, fortune and celebrity status. This is evidenced by the many reality television shows that seem to catapult the average “girl or guy next door” into an overnight star. Recently, my questions have been “Who are the real ‘stars’ in our culture? Who are...

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Lessons Learned

By Sarah Loomis, 2015 DoDEA Teacher of the Year

Learning lessons is a part of life, and our quest to know everything started at a young age—when learning was easily second nature. We wanted to learn how to do what we saw others doing and our curiosity fueled us to take risks and try new things. Whether that is learning to walk, run, talk,...

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One Educator’s Journey

By Kathy Thirkell, 2015 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Inspiration to Teach

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I have realized that it certainly has and will continue to be a village that raises this teacher. My parents were my first teachers and certainly demonstrated to me the value of education through their...

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Advice for New Teachers

By John-David Bowman, 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year

When I started my career as a student teacher at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona I was put in a fortunate situation of being placed in an environment full of veteran educators. My department chair, Brian Buck, gave me lesson ideas and advice; Judith Harper, an English teacher, was that...

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