Stories from the Field

California Casualty Awardees John Trohkimoinen: Ways of Learning

California Casualty Awardees John Trohkimoinen: Ways of Learning

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.

Meet more of the 2018 NEA Foundation awardees hereLearn more about the NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence criteria and nominations process.