What makes a teacher inspiring?
The way in which lectures are taught has a major influence on how well they are appreciated and how much students learn from them. Lecturers face the challenge of inspiring students every day and were further challenged to do so during the lockdown. But what makes a teacher inspiring?
Students are the ones who can best answer this question!
That is why the Wageningen University Fund organises the annual Teacher of the Year election.
Teacher of the Year competition
Students vote for their favourite teacher in the Teacher of the Year election, these votes lead to a longlist of 15 teachers with the most votes. A student jury then deliberates on the longlist, and makes a shortlist of 5 teachers. From these 5, a winner is selected.
In addition to the honour, the winner (and the others on the shortlist) receive a sum of money that can be used for new educational goals. This way, we work on the continuous improvement of education.
This is why these teachers became Teacher of the Year
Arie Nieuwenhuizen - Teacher of the Year 2020
"I really enjoy teaching. And I have a passion for my subject, physiology. Students appreciate that. I never just spin a story. I always try to include everyone and I try to keep it accessible."
Fred de Boer - Teacher of the Year 2019"I think the most important thing is to stay close to yourself. Who I am in front of the class is who I am as a person. So I just make my lame jokes."
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Henry van den Brand - Teacher of the Year 2018
The jury: "He doesn't just teach, he tells stories to his students by linking his own experiences as a farmer to the relevance to his subject."
Jessica Duncan - Teacher of the Year 2017
The jury: "She makes sure that students feel at home in her lessons.In addition, she covers topics in a good way in combination with the teaching material from literature."
Roel Dijksma - Teacher of the Year 2016
The jury: "Dijksma is very approachable, a good storyteller and always himself."
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Video: 'How winning the Teacher of the Year Award has changed my life'
Teachers continue to develop themselves
The Education Support Centre offers teachers help in improving their education by providing courses and training. They also give advice and support on innovative projects and IT in education.
In addition, teachers get a good dose of inspiration every year during the Teachers Day. During this day, they can follow all kinds of workshops. In this way, we continue to improve and develop education.