Building relationships with my students is a key component to my work and I do this by listening, laughing, and talking with them about their thoughts and ideas about important cultural, historical, literary, and artistic texts and artifacts.
I constantly think back to my liberal arts education in philosophy, history, literature, French, and art history as I seek to broaden the scope of my curriculum, cover the state TEKS, and teach from a deeply personal, meaningful, and connected angle."Rebecca Ryan, sixth grade teacher at Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men, Houston: "Project based learning is the key to student engagement and success in my classroom.
We believe that the best way to impact writing instruction is to work with teachers in the field who write with students and innovatively construct effective lessons.
Above all else, I challenge my students to understand that I am open to their thoughts, eager to hear their opinions, and thrilled to learn with and through them."Justin Felux, world history teacher at Johnson High School, San Antonio: "Throughout the year we do role-playing lessons to make history come to life.
In one instance, we do a TV talk show titled , in which the students take on the role of various historical figures from the nineteenth century to debate how to rehabilitate the ailing Ottoman Empire.
What impact do outstanding teachers have on their students, their school, their community, and the education profession?
Drawing from their own statements, we found our 2015 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award recipients share many common attributes that are admired by their peers and students alike.