Best Teacher of the World !
Prize of 1 million $ donated by VARKEY FOUNDATION
Marie-Hélène Fasquel, teacher at Nelson Mandela High School in Nantes, is the first French to have been selected among the 50 finalists of the “Global Teacher Prize”. The prize was awarded Sunday to a teacher from Quebec, with a $ 1 million dollars award, given since 2015 by the British Varkey foundation to valorize outstanding teachers from around the world!
The only French among 50 selected candidates!
Marie-Hélène Fasquel was not on the top 10 list but kept a smile: “My goal was not to get on the podium, but to make the voice of an enthusiastic teacher heard! There are plenty of motivated teachers.”
“My students create a lot of content”
This afternoon, for example, the students read Carson McCullers’s Ballad of the Sad Café. The teacher invites them to compose groups, to share themes and to choose how to present them. The young group is spreading in front of computers. Some opt for an animated slideshow, “more playful than PowerPoint!” Others are inclined to a video: “There will be less stress. ” The methods of the teacher seem to be unanimous. “I really like Skype exchanges with the authors. We can imagine their lives”, says Thomas, 15 years old. “She teaches us to discover other cultures, to be open mind,” says Bassma. We found the same enthusiasm at the computer: on that day, half a group works in inverted class – at home, they had to read a news, analyze a video and prepare the questions to put online (…)
It is therefore not only the attraction of new technologies … “The teacher believes in us; She supports us all the time”, appreciates Lucie, 15 years. How to gain self-confidence. “At the first oral, I collapsed,” says Estelle, 18, “but Ms Fasquel said to me: it does not matter, you will do it when you feel ready. I passed a few days after, and I got 19. “
“Trust the teachers! ”
The teacher continues to give her notes: “Otherwise I would have problems. My subject is coef 10 at the bac!”But what she wants is to motivate these young people. For this reason, she does not hesitate to ask questions: “Every year, I have them fill out a questionnaire on the positive and negative points of my courses. “And she is constantly studying:” Harvard or Berkeley propose very good Mooc “(…) And she slips this advice to the french presidential candidates:” Trust the teachers! ” M.Quenet – JDD
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Maggie MacDonnell grew up in rural Nova Scotia and after completing her Bachelors degree, spent five years volunteering and working in Sub Saharan Africa, largely in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention. After completing her Masters degree she found her country was beginning to wake up to the decades of abuse that Canadian Indigenous people have lived through, including assaults on the environment and enormous economic and social inequality. As such, she sought out opportunities to teach indigenous communities in Canada and for the last six years has been a teacher in a fly-in Inuit village called Salluit, nestled in the Canadian Arctic. This is home to the second northernmost Inuit community in Quebec, with a population of just over 1,300 – it cannot be reached by road, only by air. In winter temperatures are minus 25C.
Due to the harsh conditions, there are very high rates of teacher turnover which is a significant barrier to education in the Arctic. Maggie’s whole approach has been about turning students from “problems” to “solutions” through initiatives such as “acts of kindness” which has dramatically improved school attendance. Specific examples include: running a community kitchen, training and hiking through national parks to understand environmental problems.
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