Great educators have great stories. This series gives a glimpse of the ideas, practices, and experiences of the recipients of the NEA Foundation’s California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence. Today, we’re sharing the words of John Trohkimoinen, a social studies educator at Natrona County High School in Casper, WY.
I use many strategies and methods to ensure students achieve at a high level. I teach using multiple modalities to address students’ unique ways of learning. I use repetition, and provide many opportunities for students to find success in my classroom.
I like to use analogies when I teach to give students more relatable ways to understand concepts. I try hard to provide positive feedback on student work and cheer them on to work hard so they can achieve success.
I challenge students in their beliefs and thought by using facts and reason, and encourage students to question topics. I try to provide an atmosphere for meaningful dialogue, conversation, and discussion that allows all students to participate.