Question: How much money is awarded to the winner of the annual Global Teacher Prize?
Answer: 1 million US dollars – the equivalent of £704,000.
Today the winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize will be announced. Dubbed by some ‘the Nobel Prize for teachers’, the award recognises some of those who have made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession. It was set up in 2015 by the Varkey Foundation, a charity whose aim is to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world.
There are ten finalists from various countries vying for the prize, including Colin Hegarty, a GCSE maths teacher from Wembley, London. Colin noticed a need for extra tuition amongst pupils before their exams and so he uploaded more than 1,000 free videos to his website, HegartyMaths. These videos cover all the topics in Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level Maths. Well done Colin, I say. For all your efforts to help children I hope you get the award – you deserve it!
Teachers can have a positive effect on us and help to shape the rest of our lives – a fact recognised by none other than Professor Stephen Hawking. This week he paid tribute to Dikran Tahta who taught him maths at St. Albans school in the 1950s. He said of his mentor, who died in 2006:
“Many teachers were boring. Not Mr Tahta. His classes were lively and exciting… Thanks to Mr Tahta, I became a professor of mathematics at Cambridge, a position once held by Isaac Newton.”
Teachers can be an inspiration to their pupils but they can also have a negative effect. I have memories of both good and bad teachers from my time at school and I’m sure that things haven’t changed that much in the last 30 years. But I’m sure that poor teachers are rare. The vast majority are good and the exceptional ones are, well… exceptional!
Here at Education Quizzes we understand good teachers are a valuable asset that should be cherished, and I’m sure you will agree. What do your children think of their teachers? Do they have a favourite or one they don’t like? Why not ask them if they have an exceptional one?
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I’ll finish by quoting Professor Hawking once more:
“Behind every exceptional person, there is an exceptional teacher.”
Wise words indeed. Here’s to teachers – the good, the great and the exceptional!