Contests and Teachers: A Motivating Partnership

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“As a teacher for over 30 years, I know the most rewarding moments come from making a connection with my students. These connections are times when you see a light come on and a life is changed. Having taught thousands of students, the greatest reward is when former students take the time to track me down and share the meaning that my class had in their lives. Whereas I still have these moments, it is of equal value when I receive an email, letter or call from a teacher who works with our contests. I view our company in a partnership with the teachers who participate in our program. Classroom teachers provide the assignment, and our contests provide the incentive and motivation that often become an integral part of these schools’ curriculum.

This past week I received several emails from teachers thanking me for our contests. The emails related the significance that being published has for their classes. We always feel that students are the focus of our contest and publication. However, several emails went one step further and related the meaning it gives to the teachers who choose to work with our program. The emails told of intrinsic rewards teachers feel when they have students accepted to be published. It is often a reflection of a teacher’s impact when a student’s work is recognized nationally. Teachers share the recognition when a student is published or is a Top Ten Winner. Whereas there are excellent students, we have found that in many cases, behind every excellent entry is an excellent teacher.

We are pleased to create a publication for the best student work that is entered in our contests. To the students involved in the contest, we are pleased to create a record of your work. To our teachers, we are proud to create a partnership that allows us to work together to motivate students.”

— Thomas Worthen, Ph.D., Editor

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