Hixson Middle School's Erica Schmidt inspires future teachers

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Updated: 8/13/2012 4:28 pm
There are lots of good teachers out there... But not all of them inspire future teachers.

This week's Golden Apple nomination came from a student teacher who wants to be just like her mentor.

Erica Schmidt is your Golden Apple Award winner...

Erica Schmidt asks her class, "Who's ready to show what you have?"

The class is learning to draw models for multiplying fractions... and in-class participation is a must.

The Hixson Middle School teacher wants everyone involved, asking and answering questions, "Today you saw how they were just able to see that and bring it about and it just amazes me."

Ms. Schmidt says she loves teaching math now even more than when she first started... And she just wants her kids really get it.

That desire for learning comprehension is inspiring future teachers.

Natalie Goins just finished a one month practicum in Schmidt's classroom. She reads from her Golden Apple nomination letter, "She not only takes her time with each student, she asks them questions to help them better understand."

Goins is a senior education major at Tennessee Tech University, she says Ms. Schmidt is the kind of teacher she wants to be.

Goins says learning begins the moment kids walk in the classroom and every student is involved, "So much learning was going on and the students probably don't even realize how much learning was going on."

For Ms. Schmidt it's all about setting a safe environment where every kid can figure it out.

She shows her students there are different ways to tackle a problem, "I want them to be willing to not be afraid that people are going to laugh or that I'm going to say no that's not right."

She says that even means sharing mistakes until everyone understands, "We celebrate that, I mean that's important in my class that not only I see that, but that other students see that in their classmates makes it all worth while. And I get excited, I tell them if I get excited don't make fun of me (laughs)."
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