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Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists’ Masterclasses

The Global Education and Skills Forum began today. The Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Teachers held masterclasses and here is a look at what happened in each of the Top 10 Finalist’s masterclasses.

A lesson from a Palestinian primary school

Top 10 Finalist, Hanan Al Hroub, delivered her masterclass to a full classroom. She came in dressed as a clown with her puppet sidekick. She said having consistent characters in the classroom helps the students to feel more comfortable and familiar. It provides stability for them. She also offered tips and advice to other teachers, “put more fun in your lessons and create corners in your classes.” There were several Top 50 Finalists in the lesson as well as a few Top 10 Finalists. Mike Soskil, had fun playing and learning!

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A maths lesson from Helsinki, Finland

Maarit Rossi, Top 10 Finalist, began her masterclass by having her students visit a webpage where the lesson was waiting. It was an interactive lesson where she encouraged everyone to work in groups and believes that working in teams is the best way to learn. She said, “to learn quicker you have to be comfortable with maths!”

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A lesson in anti-radicalisation from Kenya

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A teacher to teacher pep talk before Ayub’s masterclass

Top 10 Finalist, Ayub Mohmamud’s lesson was a powerful one where he discussed the need for schools, teachers, parents, and the community to join together to change mindsets about radicalisation. There was a passionate discussion held by the class about the importance of this subject globally.

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A lesson in new media from Illinois

“I flew 7,000 miles to teach, because that is what I love to do.”Joe Fatheree, Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalist

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Joe Fatheree, Top 10 Finalist, held his masterclass this afternoon. He found that traditional teaching methods didn’t work with his students. In his lesson he brought the methods that do work for his students. On our desks were balloons and pens. The balloons were idea incubators and the pens enabled us to write a rough sketch of our business ideas and dreams. Joe said, “We use media in my classroom. That media is anything that harnesses the power of my student’s voices.”

A lesson from the streets of Mumbai, India

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Robin Chaurasiya, Top 10 Finalist, began her masterclass a bit differently than the other teachers. She had us close our eyes and imagine we were 13 year old girls, we never had gotten the chance to be educated and we were being married off. She continued the scenario by asking us if we would choose domestic work or sex work? She brought to life the scenario that her students live in. Robin said, “at Kranti we empower the girls to be agents of social change.” She carried on to share with us their model of learning at Kranti. They aren’t a traditional school, but the outcome is still the same. Robin inspire’s her girls to be successful in life. 

Meet the Top 10 Finalists of the Global Teacher Prize

Our day ended with a lovely meet the Top 10 Finalists. It was great to hear them talk about their jobs, their students and their passions. It was then open to questions where we got to know our Top 10 Teachers even better. Check out our Twitter to see the live action from the day! They are truly an amazing group of people. The session ended with a media frenzy.

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A lesson in creativity from Tokyo, Japan

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Top 10 Finalist, Kazuya Takahashi, taught his Masterclass this morning. In his lesson he demonstrated, using lego how all students learn differently and it’s about “how you think and create. We all have different kinds of knowledge.” This was made very clear when he asked the class to share how they calculated the area of the continent with their lego blocks. Everyone worked together and several different methods were used.

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Kazuya stated, “We have to teach kids to be responsible with what they learn and I teach my kids to be creative, to be responsible and to be independent.” It was a great masterclass that put a smile on everyone’s face. Who doesn’t like playing with lego?

A lesson in early primary STEM education from Perth, Australia

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Top 10 Finalist, Richard Johnson, taught his Masterclass to a full classroom. He welcomed us to his 3D world as he calls it. With a big smile on his face he said, “I get so excited about my lab. If a primary school student can do it. We can do it.” He shared with the class all the different types of technologies they use in his classroom including 3D printing, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics and much much more. Top 10 Teacher Joe Fatheree got involved answering questions. Richard then did a show and tell with all the incredible things his children have created on the 3D printer. Possibly the most impressive bit was showing us a four face video! Everyone in the lesson was blown away.

There was a very touching moment from his Masterclass was when a fellow Australian stood up and shared about just how respected Richard is in Australia. “He won’t tell you himself, but he has put in so many years of hard work to get to this point and I just want to say, you’re a legend mate!” You can see why his students love his teaching methods! IMG_0547

A lesson in mathematics from London, UK

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Colin Hegarty, Top 10 Finalist, taught his Masterclass this afternoon to a packed classroom of eager maths students. He started his lesson by sharing with the class, “I find it tragic that students experience failure in the maths classroom.” Colin believes maths is important for three reasons, utility, social mobility and empowerment. Colin also shared the three tips that he believes helps him to better teach maths and empower his students. The first thing he does is have the children write a letter to him explaining how they feel about maths. He shared stories of students who asked him not to call on them because it makes them feel sick and other students who ask not to be sat by their friends because they will struggle to pay attention. “Students open up in a way you wouldn’t expect,” Colin commented. He also said in his classroom he has a wall of inspiration. He wants his students to know failure is ok as long as you are trying. And the best classroom resource is a whiteboard. Mistakes can be wiped away and he can see exactly how the students are working out the problems.

There was also a touching moment when a delegate came up to Colin to tell him, “my daughter passed her A-levels with 97% because of your videos. Thank you!”

A lesson in STEM from Newfoundland, USA

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Top 10 Finalist, Mike Soskil, held the final Masterclass of the Global Education and Skills Forum and what an inspirational class it was. Mike’s passion for education shines through everything he does. In Mike’s opinion STEM isn’t about the subjects that make up STEM, but how kids can put everything together to problem solve and that is just what happens in Mike’s class.

“Passion is contagious. We need to expose our kids to passionate people,” says Mike. In his classroom it’s all about service learning. Taking what you are learning in the classroom and applying it to help others and make the world a better place. An emotional connection aids in intrinsic motivation. Mike shared various stories about how his children have connected with other schools around the world and used their resources to make something happen. He has created problem solvers of the world through his teaching methods.

Mike ended his class with a story. To summarise what he said, this is not the best moment of my life as great as it is. The best moment of my life was watching Kenyan children hug their water filters that my students helped bring to a rural village. It wasn’t because of the joy on the kids faces in Kenya it was because of my students and knowing they made this happen.

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