Thank you for all that you do, teachers

Thank you for all that you do, teachers

You work hard to create engaging lessons for your students—and we want to help. To show our appreciation for everything you do for your students, we've gathered lesson plans from some of our favorite State Teachers of the Year. Feel free to use them, tweak them, or simply gain inspiration from them.

Chelsea Collins

Meet the 2015-2016 New Jersey Teacher of the Year and get her lesson plan, "Child Migrants in the U.S."

Through close reading and reflection, this lesson plan gives students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of modern-day migration.

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Dr. Jeff Shea

Meet the 2015 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and get his lesson plan, "How to Create a Social Business."

In this activity, students will learn about the importance of social entrepreneurship in solving global problems. They'll also create their own social business, which they'll then be able to pitch to the rest of the class.

Dr. Jeff Shea

Meet the 2015 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and get his lesson plan, "How to Create a Social Business."

In this activity, students will learn about the importance of social entrepreneurship in solving global problems. They'll also create their own social business, which they'll then be able to pitch to the rest of the class.

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Leticia Ingram

Meet the 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year and get her lesson plan, "Writing About Immigration Journeys Using Google My Maps."

In this lesson plan, students use descriptive words, phrases, transition words, dialogue, and images on Google Maps to enhance their English language skills and describe their journeys to the United States.

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Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

Meet the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and get her lesson plan, "Design Thinking, Technology & The Future of Education."

With education under a worldwide reform, educators around the globe are searching for new ways to teach young people in an increasingly tech-driven learning environment. In this activity, students will use the design thinking method to create innovative technological solutions to combat an issue in education. A driving question for this lesson will be: "In what ways can innovation and technology improve people's lives?"

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Dr. David Bosso

Meet the 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and get his lesson plan, "Using Design Thinking to Explore the Universality of Human Rights."

In this activity, students will use the design thinking method to explore human rights through law, historical precedents, and current events. After critically evaluating these resources, they will discuss the following questions: Are human rights universal? In what ways can innovation and technology improve people's lives?

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Ernest Lee

Meet Ernie Lee, the 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Ernie Lee is a high school teacher at Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, GA where he teaches International Bacculaurate History, Advanced Placement Psychology, and Sociology. Before becoming a teacher, Lee was a corporate and estate lawyer. In 2016 he was selected as the Georgia Teacher of the Year.

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