When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.
A few months ago Nancie Atwell received the $1-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize in recognition of her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers. Atwell didn’t keep the prize money for herself – she donated it to the school she runs, called the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgcumbe, Maine.
This week on the podcast, Atwell speaks to Stephen Smith about how to teach kids how to love reading and writing, and why she feels this is a challenge in the era of the Common Core.