NPR is amazing at publishing the best news and general content. They have an education blog that also never disappoints. Recently, they started an ongoing series they call, “50 Best Teachers.” There’s 12 total articles which you can find here. I’m going to link to several different articles that I found the most intriguing.
Any article about Springsteen is automatically one of my favorites. This one doesn’t let me down. It focuses on one particular teacher who finds inspiration from the famous performer. She says that there’s not really one particular method of teaching that she’s been taught. This is a bunch of interesting points and I like hearing about different teachers around the world.
These are all important points about being a good teacher from voices that know what they are talking about. It’s a well put together article and it’s all important things to keep in mind.
NPR talks about movies and how teachers are portrayed in them. They bring up interesting points about a variety of different teachers and their personalities in movies. They talk about the good teachers who are passionate and involved. Such as Robin Williams’ English teacher in Dead Poets Society. In contrast, they bring up the teacher in Whiplash. A movie that was recently released about the relationship between a drummer and his jazz teacher. The relationship goes abusive which is obviously not a good turn of events. I like how many different personalities the articles explores.
All are personal and endearing tales from the readers favorite teachers. They talk about how a teacher’s colorful personality is a large part of the appeal. I love hearing others points of views and experiences.
There’s yet another perspective on real people and the memories we share with the teachers. It’s like Friday Night Lights, only more inspiring and has a much happier ending.