Prize-winning teachers discuss their craft

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Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway (left) is pictured with 2015 prize-winning teachers Catherine Nicholson, Jonathan Reuning-Scherer, Turner Brooks, Edwin Duval, Steven Berry, and Mary-Louise Timmermans.

Six members of the faculty won 2015 Yale College awards for outstanding undergraduate teaching at a ceremony in late April. YaleNews spoke with each of them about their craft. In videos and text, the prizewinning teachers describe their hopes for their students, memorable classroom experiences, and the pleasure they find in teaching undergraduates.


Bringing news headlines into class, Steven Berry introduces students to a new way of thinking


In his classroom, Turner Brooks gives free rein to students’ imaginations



As they learn to read and write, students have illuminations in Edwin Duval’s classroom



Catherine Nicholson reminds her students to pursue pleasure and celebrate the difficulty of learning in equal measure



To engage students in a ‘maligned’ subject, Jonathan Reuning-Scherer creates moments for humor



With a ‘caring spirit,’ Mary-Louise Timmermans inspires scientific inquiry about the Earth


To see more stories about teachers, their work in the classroom, and with students in the wider world, visit Spotlight on the Yale Classroom.

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