In Jacksonville, Florida, innovative teaching earned an honor for a middle school teacher who brings science to life for his seventh grade students.
Jacksonville Middle School teacher Alan Hallock, was named the Jacksonville District 117 Bill Russell Award winner for the year. The award is named in horor of Bill Russel, a teacher who was known for his contributions to the district. It is awarded each year to the teacher who demonstrates dedication to student advancement and growth.
Hallock uses different methods to get his students excited about science, and help them have fun with it. Building an air cannon, or a Van de Graff generator which demonstrates static electricity, or a Tesla coil which shows wireless transmission of electricity are just some of the ways he gets his classes to see beyond textbooks and experience science personally.
“I want to get them excited about science,” Hallock said. “The kids we teach now are very digital and everything is visual,” he continued. “Anything I can do, or create, that’s visual to demonstrate what I’m teaching helps them remember the material better. It brings a sense of curiosity and excitement.”