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Great Teaching

Great teachers are national treasures; they change lives. They aren’t paid what they should be, but there are rewards. They and those they impact (children, parents, and often the greater community) usually appreciate what they do. And their students will remember them for the rest of their lives. Christopher Naze and Jim Bentley are two teachers who rank among the greats. Both teach in elementary schools.
Bentley, at Elk Grove Unified School District in California, has turned his classroom into a film academy where fifth graders investigate social issues, write scripts, and produce films using sophisticated equipment that Jim has gotten, mostly through grants. Here’s a link to some examples of the student work:

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