Passion and real-life experience increases a teacher’s impact on student learning. Paired with rigorous curriculum it creates an exceptional learning environment.
Teachers who share their passion and real-life experiences in the classroom have the ability to impact their students with meaningful knowledge beyond textbooks. By sharing their personal experiences with students they put academics into action, and create a connection that becomes a bridge to the subject matter.
For example, a teacher at Admiral Farragut Academy, Scott Davenport, enjoys scuba diving, caving, and anything to do with being outside. He shares his real-life experiences as he teaches his marine biology/science and scuba classes. Not only does he teach in the classroom, but he also takes students on trips for seine netting and collection of organisms, snorkeling, caving, diving, hiking, and camping all around the state of Florida. If students can’t identify an organism they may even take it back to the laboratory to study under the microscope.
The real-life application of “textbook” education is the key to the future. At Admiral Farragut Academy we have found that students are thriving through this hands-on, real-life classroom experience. Kudos to all those teachers out there going above and beyond!