It's not too early for local societies to begin thinking about the next AAPG Teacher of the Year.
Nominations are now being sought for the annual national award, presented to a K-12 teacher for excellence in the teaching of natural resources in the earth sciences.
The award, sponsored by the AAPG Foundation, carries a $5,000 prize -- half of which goes to the teacher's school for educational purposes, and half of which goes to the teacher for personal use.
This year's winner also will receive an expense paid trip to the 2001 AAPG annual meeting in Denver, where the award will be presented.
Under the nomination process, each society that chooses to participate will first select a local winner; those names will then be submitted to the appropriate Section, and the winning teachers from all Sections will be considered by the AAPG Youth Activities Committee for the national prize.
Nominee requirements include:
- A minimum of three years full-time teaching experience at any K-12 level.
- Teaching of at least one unit per year on natural resources. (Natural resources are defined as Earth materials used, either past or present, such as petroleum, natural gas, coal and oil shale; mineral ores, building stone and aggregate; or energy resources, such as geothermal energy.)
- Having included in their teaching the scientific study of these resources, their origin, discovery, extraction and historic and present use, as well as the preservation of the environment, reclamation, the conservation of resources and the use of earth science knowledge in decision making.
- Descriptions of their teaching philosophy and methods (both content and pedagogy), a course description and two letters of recommendation (from a colleague and an administrator).