California Educator

June/July 2019

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E V E R Y D A Y, middle school teacher Alyson Hoberecht reminds herself: "Students take on the characteristics of the teacher they're with each day." Then she asks, "Who am I teaching my students to be?" Hoberecht is not alone in being mindful of her important role. Every day in classrooms throughout California and across the country, educators spark fire in the minds of eager (and sometimes not so eager) students. It's this commitment to conveying knowledge, creating opportunity and cultivating wonder that unites educators and inspires the quest for more effective and efficient ways to teach. We collected best teaching practices from several remarkable educators who recently presented at CTA's Good Teaching Conference on important and timely topics, including student engagement, multicultural awareness in the classroom, and combatting bullying. These tips can provide helpful information and useful context to situations and challenges educators face in classrooms statewide. Chris Hazelton uses Minecraft-based projects to engage students. Educators share their best teaching practices By Julian Peeples C o n s t a n t Refinement Photo by Scott Buschman 30 feature

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