Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

Harnessing Inquiry Power

By Shannon Ralph, 2015 Kansas State Teacher of the Year

“When will I use this anyway?” Sigh. 

How is it possible that a learner cannot see the value in content about which an educator is so passionate? Although some might hypothesize that this type of question comes from a student who wants to get out of doing a task, when asked...

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One Piece at a Time

By Tyler Bartlett, 2015 Wyoming State Teacher of the Year

After all these years, I can still recall an assignment from my fourth grade year. We were learning about what life was like for travelers of the Oregon Trail and the settlers who chose to put down roots on the Midwestern plains. One assignment was to build a log cabin that one of these settlers...

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The Importance of Agricultural Education and the FFA

By Jaclyn Ryan, 2015 Virginia Teacher of the Year

When people hear that I teach Agricultural Education and serve as a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor, I am asked to explain what I teach because they haven’t heard of the curriculum or they have a stereotypical image of what I do. Agricultural Education should be in every school, but it...

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Teaching the Teacher: Lessons Learned from Trusted Colleagues

By Karen E. Vogelsang, 2015 Tennessee State Teacher of the Year

You have heard it before: “Teaching—the one profession that makes all professions possible.” Teaching is an incredible adventure, and I can assure you it is not for the faint of heart. It’s a demanding but rewarding career that takes you on all sorts of twists and turns. Teaching is like being...

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The Role of Advocacy in Public Education

By Lori Michalec, 2015 Ohio State Teacher of the Year

As the 2014-15 school year ended, I found myself engaging in the practice of intentional reflection. Like most practitioners, I am always eager to assess where my successes and shortcomings have occurred as they affect the quality of my students’ instruction. Yet, this year, I find that I am not...

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