Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 23 2010

Celebrating Success

I’ve seen many students come into my classroom that see themselves as academic failures. Some give up without even a single attempt because it’s “too hard,” and in many cases these frustrations manifest into challenge behaviors — many students adopt the mentality that it’s better to be seen as the class clown as opposed to the dumb kid. All good teachers recognize the importance of building a culture of success in their classroom so that students are given an opportunity to incrementally chip away at self-defeating perceptions of their self-image. One small part of that is celebrating success at every opportunity, but I feel that teachers themselves deserve more recognition for late nights spent breaking down standards, developing aligned assessments, and generally going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that all students have an opportunity to succeed. On that note, I would like to congratulate Meg Stewart (Bay Area Corps ’08) with her local and national recognition. She’s been nominated for Teacher of the Year by the Oakland Unified School District, and has also received the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching.rnrn

The annual Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching honors Teach For America second-year corps members who represent ideals of achievement and instructional leadership and embody the organization’s core values. The award process not only recognizes and celebrates the finest teachers, but also fuels improvements to Teach For America’s training and support in order to help all corps members make a dramatic impact on the lives of their students. Full Article

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