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Sarah Brown Wessling, the 2010 National Teacher of the Year, has surveyed her students informally on their classroom experiences since her days as a student teacher. In this question-and-answer, she shares some of the insights she's gained from the exercise.
I was first inspired to teach by my mom, a history teacher of 35 years, and by my 10th grade English teacher. Now, as an English teacher at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee, I enjoy the spark and “Aha!” moment on my students’ faces when they understand a concept or master a complex task.
With more data than ever available in the classroom, the challenge is making it work—for teachers and for students. In this video accompanying the Gates Foundation’s Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work report, educators discuss how they work with data, and how they’d like to see the digital tools that support its use improve.
Back to school season is upon us. For the millions of students embarking on a new school year, that means setting goals to get them on a path to be ready for college and career success. Teachers and families are not only helping those students set their goals, they also play an important role in ensuring they reach their goals.
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