Show 122: Empower your Students through Opportunity to Shine

Ken EhrmannpowerED Up Podcast

Christine Girtain is the 2023 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and a fantastic model for how facilitating empowering and content-rich classrooms.  She works in a unique classroom, but her strategies and stories can be applied to all classrooms.  She empowers her students to be their best and pursue that through research.

  • Students are capable; we must allow them to rise to the occasion.
  • Sometimes the best scaffolds are the ones that we wait to provide students.
  • Developing and harnessing interest in a student can be one of the best strategies for facilitating complex learning.
  • Look to your students for advice; they probably have something meaningful to share.
  • Attending conferences means networking with other teachers, having great professional development, and learning new opportunities available to you and your students.
  • Encourage your colleagues to step outside of their comfort zone.


Twitter: @CCGirt

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