Since we know so many amazing teachers, we’ve decided to begin featuring the cream of the crop! In this series, I’ll be reaching out to exceptional teachers, interviewing them, and sharing the highlights of my conversations. I think you’ll agree—these teachers are nothing short of inspiring!
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Gissendanner, a 5th grade science and reading teacher:Tell me a little about yourself.
Mr. Gissendanner was kind enough to let us film his classroom last year, and you can find many exceptional moments, like this one, in the Upper Elementary CLASS Video Library.
Mr. Gissendanner goes with the flow of students’ ideas and gives them genuine responsibilities during a cleanup.
Do you know any exceptional teachers? Tell us about what makes them special in the comments below!
It’s Dual Language Learner Celebration Week! Every year in the U.S., the amount of young children who live in a household where a language other than English is spoken has been steadily increasing. As of 2016, about one-third of children under age 8 – over 11 million children – are dual language learners (DLLs).
As an infant classroom teacher, you know that talking to babies is important. For instance, you tell the infants in your care what they are looking at (“You see the new block basket on the shelf!”). You label objects (“You have the red ball!”). And you describe events that take place in the classroom (“The tray just fell off the table! That scared you.”). These are all examples of talking with babies. Why, then, can it be so challenging to do this consistently in the classroom?
A few years into teaching early childhood, I applied to work at a school that does incredible work in the local community. I was thrilled to get an interview but realized very quickly that, even though the environment was supportive and the students were wonderful young people, I was much too intimidated to work there.