Inside the Classrooms of The Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists

17 Feb 2016 | abigaylehunterlodge

We were thrilled to announce the Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists this morning. They are all incredibly inspiring and unique teachers. Each one of them is teaching a different subject, in a different country, to a different group of students, but there is one common thread that runs through them all. They are extraordinary people passionate about eduction. We take you inside the classrooms of ten of best teachers in the world: Aqeela Asifi – Pakistan Aqeela teaches in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Here she teachers young Afghan and Pakistani girls. When she first started the school they used the mud on the ground as their slates. They now have a building and real chalk boards. Step into Aqeela’s classroom. [caption id="attachment_5377" align="alignnone" width="810"]IMG_0061 Aqeela and her students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5378" align="alignnone" width="810"]IMG_0122 (1) Aqeela teaching her students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5379" align="alignnone" width="810"]IMG_0182 A look at Aqeela's school[/caption] Ayub Mohamud – Kenya Ayub teaches in Nairobi where in recent years, unemployment and poverty aren’t the only challenges these children are facing. Radicalisation and violient extremism have reared their heads. As a Religious Education teacher he is creating a network of like minded teachers to combat the extremism. Step into Ayub’s classroom. [caption id="attachment_5380" align="alignnone" width="810"]Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 10.34.42 Ayub leading an assembly[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5381" align="alignnone" width="810"]Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.30.38 Ayub in the classroom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5382" align="alignnone" width="810"]Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.32.14 Ayub teaching his students[/caption] Colin Hegarty – United Kingdom Colin teaches students in the UK, but he has harnessed the power of the internet to engage with them and help them grasp complicated mathematics. He has created over 1500 videos and made the freely available on his website and through YouTube. Step into Colin’s real and virtual classroom. [caption id="attachment_5383" align="alignnone" width="810"]_M8A4567 Colin in the classroom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5384" align="alignnone" width="810"]_M8A4625 Colin explaining Maths to his students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5385" align="alignnone" width="810"]_M8A4664 Colin and his students[/caption] Hanan Al Hroub – Palestine Hanan teaches in a society that has been torn apart by conflict. The children are regularly exposed to violence. Hanan’s classroom is a space where she builds up student’s trust and affection in order to help them learn and thrive. Step into Hanan’s classroom. [caption id="attachment_5386" align="alignnone" width="810"]708B9569 Hanan and her students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5387" align="alignnone" width="810"]708B9578 Hanan teaching a lesson[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5388" align="alignnone" width="810"]708B9597 Hanan and her students learning outside[/caption] Joe Fatheree – USA Joe teaches in the USA. He understands that some kids just simply don’t respond to traditional teaching methods. He has devised new ways to foster their creativity. He uses music, books and short films to engage the students. His methods are used all over America. Step into Joe’s Classroom. [caption id="attachment_5389" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0004T01 Joe explaining a concept to a student[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5390" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0008T01 Inside Joe's classroom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5391" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0023T01 Joe chatting with one of his students[/caption] Kazuya Takahashi – Japan Kazuya teaches students in Japan where many students are channelled down a path to a pre-determined career. Kazuya’s innovative teaching methods are designed to develop creativity and independent thinking. Step into Kazuya’s classroom. Maarit Rossi – Finland Maarit teaches children in Finland. Too many children hate Maths and she is combating this with new teaching methods she has developed that make maths problems related about and realistic. Step into Maarit’s classroom. [caption id="attachment_5392" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0010T01 Maarit teaching her students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5393" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0053T01 Explaining Maths to her students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5394" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0057T01 Inside Maarit's classroom[/caption] Michael Soskil – USA Michael teaches students in the USA, but he has taken the students of Wallenpaupack South Elementary School global. He believes in empowering his students and making them believe they can change the world. His school has helped provide clean water in Kenya, held video conferences with scientists in Antarctica and conservationists in Africa and had Kenyan children teach the school Swahili. Step into Michael’s classroom. [caption id="attachment_5395" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0017T01 Michael teaching his students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5396" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0038T01 Taking lessons outside[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5397" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0040T01 Michael engaging his students with technology[/caption] Richard Johnson – Australia Richard teaches in Australia where he encourages children to embrace STEM subjects. He has transformed science teaching at his school in Western Australia. They have an innovative laboratory where students use robotics, 3D printing, augmented reality and a whole host of other technologies to learn. Step in Richard’s classroom. [caption id="attachment_5398" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0007T01 Richard explaining concepts[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5399" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0016T01 Inside Richard's hi-tech lab[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5400" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0043T01 Richard teaching his students[/caption] Robin Chaurasiya – India Robin teaches the people of Kamathipura, Mumbai’s notorious red-light district. Here Robin is giving girls the opportunity to gain and education – an opportunity that did not exists before. She teaches them to think and speak for themselves. Step into Robin’s classroom. [caption id="attachment_5401" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0007T01 (1) Robin in her classroom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5402" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0045T01 Robin meditates with her students[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5403" align="alignnone" width="810"]C0067T01 Robin teaching her students[/caption]