The ASM Materials Education Foundation sponsors the Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award, which honors a high school science teacher who has demonstrated significant and sustained impact on precollege students. ASM International is the world’s largest association of materials-centric engineers and scientists. An ASM member must nominate the candidate for the award; self-nominations are also allowed. Eligible candidates are full- or part-time actively employed science teachers in public, charter, private, and parochial high schools in the United States and US territories. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, plus up to $500 for travel to the ASM Awards Luncheon.
Sir Ken Robinson once said in a TED Talk that "Teaching is creative profession."
I love that line.
Because of systems in place, as well as cultural stereotypes, and Mrs. Crabapple from The Simpsons, it is very easy to believe that teachers are just walking textbooks, or playback machines, or mindless dictators (ok, maybe I can be a little dictatorish sometimes). But these descriptions are limiting, because at the heart of teaching is creativity.