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What Makes a Great Teacher: Challenge Your Students

Pearson is honored to support the National Teacher of the Year program.

We are amazed by the work great teachers do every day.

Teachers leave an impact on not just their students, but parents, their fellow educators and often the community.

We sat down with several State Teachers of the Year to discuss the art of great teaching.

Watch the interview 

=0 Challenge is vital for student success. Through overcoming obstacles, students learn and grow.

We are inspired by the creative teachers who bring challenge to the classroom every day.

We asked college students about what it meant to have teachers challenge them. When challenged, students pull on their teachers for support and appreciate how far they came.

“My journalism instructor during my first year in university has probably have had half our class (including me!) come into her office to cry wanting to switch programs at some point in the year, and she’s convinced every single one of them to stay and hold on until the rest of the semester!”

-Journalism major, Ryerson University

My college algebra teacher on my second year in college helped me overcome my fear of numbers and my silly idea that ‘I wasn’t good at math,’ I ended up being recognized as student of the semester with a final score of 102!”

-Business Administration major, Georgia State University

“I love writing, but I had an issue with my grammar. My first year of college I was discouraged with the grades I was getting in English. Professor Price encouraged me to keep writing. So I did! I kept writing and got a good grade in the class.”

-Psychology major, Saint Peter’s University



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