Darnell Cookman Teacher of the Week

11:24 AM, Feb 23, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An 8th grade U.S. History teacher at Darnell Cookman Middle High School is our Teacher of the Week.

Elizabeth Stansel rarely stands still. She walks around her classroom engaging her students. She wants to make sure they are all actively participating and learning U.S. History. "It's highly interactive. You see we do a lot of movement. A lot of group work and engagement is a big thing."

She uses the latest in interactive teaching tools, including a white board and 'clickers.' Each student uses the remote control type of device during class. "It's just another way of engagement. They can even text on them if they want to text the answers," said Stansel.

Her students are learning how history can help them in the future. Rani Mahmoudi nominated Stansel for Teacher of the Week because he used to think Social Studies was boring but now finds it interesting and fun. 

Rani wants to become a doctor and said Ms. Stansel showed him how this class will help. "You need to know history of different medicines, like how the medicines affect different people and the side effects and stuff so it's kind of like history," said Rani. 

Eighth grader Christine Joseph added, "Ms. Stansel is very fun and I like her because, like Rani said, she's very involved with the students."

Stansel likes to have fun in her class because she learned early in her teaching career if the students are having fun and in a good mood, they learn so much more. "We try to have a really good time in here," said Stansel.

Stansel has been teaching for 9 years and loves teaching 8th graders because she says they learn and grow up so much in one year.    

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