As an ELA teacher, I don't believe it gets any better than Nancie Atwell. She is amazing, and puts her students at the heart of everything she does albeit curriculum, classroom management, or instruction style. Atwell makes the most of every minute in the classroom. She organizes her materials to perfection, and is ready for her students everyday. She raises the bar significantly for all ELA teachers. I read her book In The Middle this summer and I highly recommend it.
Watch these two clips of Nancie in action~
Ron Clark creates an electric energy. I love that he gets kids moving around, and he's not afraid to make a little noise. His spirit is what motivates me the most, and I love reading back over his book, The Excellent 11: Qualities Teachers and Parents Use To Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children. Also, love that he's a Carolina boy!
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The principal and teachers at HCMS are another set of inspiring educators to me. I wouldn't even know about the educators that I mentioned above if it wasn't for their mentoring. Heard County Middle School offers so much for the beginning teacher and I am so proud to be a part of the school. A special thanks to Mr. Mike Roberts, who always finds a way to inspire me to be better, and another to Ms. Kim Stallings who offers any support materials that I might need including Nancie Atwell's In The Middle!
Mr. Roberts has written a great book as well. It is another inspiring read for teachers who want to make a difference.