Ourania (Rania) Lampou, a Greek neuroscience researcher and elementary university trainer from Athens, has been distinguished internationally for her achievements as an educator, by winning the “Best Trainer Award” at the 2020 Global Teacher Awards.
Although this is a single of the largest honours that any teacher can obtain, it is a single of the many awards that Ms. Lampou has gained in excess of the past several yrs for her training in physics.
Her ground breaking approaches and tactics, that emphasize on the mix of theoretical and useful experiments, even for college students of a extremely young age, have captivated the fascination of educators from about the planet.
“The teacher’s career is not effortless. A lot of could feel that it is confined to educating several hours in the classroom, but each individual educating hour in the classroom hides powering it lots of several hours of planning and lesson scheduling, as properly as instruction at dwelling.
“The reality is that in numerous instances, academics go further than themselves, developing training tools that choose the lesson to the future level and give the info to the students in a playful way, which can make it simpler for them to soak up it. This is what I also attempt to do with my students,” Ms. Lampou said.
The Greek trainer specializes in STEM subjects in Greece, which stands for Science, Technological innovation, Engineering and Mathematics, and is an worldwide academic time period employed for certain fields of all-natural sciences that begin from principal faculty stage and go up to PhD degree pupils.
Ms. Lampou teaches physics to learners aged among 6-12, in a pretty original way, concentrating on experiential and exploratory studying, autonomy and active college student participation, by trial and error, in a collection of interactive STEM initiatives.
What distinguishes her from her colleagues is that she teaches summary concepts of physics by means of art, portray, collage and theatrical play, one thing which has been thought of groundbreaking in the world of precise sciences.
In collaboration with her learners, she employs digital equipment to make instructional videos that she then offers to the typical community at different functions, and which intention to describe physics concepts in a straightforward and exciting way.
My learners strategy elaborate ideas of physics through an experiential way, where emphasis is positioned on mastering through exploration. The target is for them to recognize what is really happening in a bodily phenomenon, fairly than just find out the principle by coronary heart, devoid of obviously comprehending how that phenomenon occurred,” Ms. Lampou stated.
“With the application of STEM methodology, and the blended training of physics and other sciences, students are associated in the course of action of solving serious troubles, whilst acquiring essential thinking expertise, and learning to perform collectively in a group,” she added.
In 2019, Ms. Lampou was also named by The Varkey Foundation (a world wide charity group that is targeted on increasing education stages around the world for little ones with disabilities) as one particular of the “50 Very best Instructors in the World” with the World Trainer Prize 2019, for her work in physics at the “Playing with Protons” application, which is organized by the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Physics (CERN). The International Trainer Prize, is deemed the as the “Nobel Award for Teachers”.
Immediately after a demanding calendar year for educating, because of to the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Lampou stood out from her friends for her efforts and the initiatives she created along with her pupils, no matter of the issues and obstacles prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I felt fantastic joy and I grew to become emotional when I was informed that I was awarded the Best Trainer in the Environment Award for 2020.
“It is my 25th prize and my joy is the same as it was when I received my really initial prize.
“This recognition justifies my several many years of efforts, struggles and sacrifices in the subject of instruction and offers me the impetus to proceed even extra energetically. I also really feel very pleased to stand for Greece and Greek education and learning with this distinction,” she stated.
The Greatest Teacher in the Earth Award –by the Global Organization AKS- has been beforehand awarded to around the world recognized professionals. This calendar year in particular, Ms. Lampou’s award held a particular honour, as she was applauded by AKS and the instructional sector for her do the job with younger students during these unparalleled and extenuating instances.
“I been given my very first recognition in 2016, when I participated at a physics system hosted by the European Group for Nuclear Physics. As aspect of this application, my students implemented remarkable imaginative functions, simulated physics experiments and a lot of initial constructions. They used a variety of products and techniques, which include wooden, collages, LEGO, 3D printing, and we even structured collectively an art exhibition for physics.
“Since then, I have taken section in numerous competitions with my college students and their like for physics, also motivates me to operate harder and turn out to be a far better educator each and every working day. I keep on non-cease, in collaboration with universities overseas, to put into practice interdisciplinary STEM projects, which are awarded around the world by quite a few various worldwide academic and humanitarian companies.”
Ms. Lampou is also the International Ambassador of Volunteerism and Education of Greece and has won many awards for her work in training in Dubai, India, the United kingdom and Greece. Some of her titles involve “Global E-Innovation Award Winner”, “Pan-European Range in STEM Winner”, “Education Chief Award of 2020”, as nicely as many International Humanitarian awards and honours.
“A very good trainer does not just teach, she evokes. She teaches her students how to study and how to assume. She is resourceful in reworking difficulties into prospects, and encourages her pupils to express not only their sights, but also their emotions. The magical trainer-pupil connection is mainly formed by the teacher’s like for her college students, and for enthusiasm for the topic and program.”
Conversing about the academic system in Greece and her peers, she mentioned that “I consider Greek lecturers are very lively and do a certainly extraordinary task.”
“This was shown in the interval of the coronavirus, when academics promptly embraced e-learning, they designed and uploaded numerous understanding objects on on line platforms and successfully supported the extremely complicated instructional procedures. I feel that the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the major job of the trainer, who from an invisible hero, became a legitimate leader.”
“I intend to continue on functioning to boost the STEM methodology online, by way of workshops, seminars and lectures. I will also continue composing science textbooks for kids. I assume obtaining little ones fascinated in sciences from a young age, will help shape their long term.
“I actually love composing about physics and astronomy in an primary way via crafty dialogues and tales, which I imagine is the ideal way for younger kids to study. Young children are very wise and as educators we owe to do our task as greatest as we can, for the leaders of tomorrow.”
All pictures from Rania Lampou’s Fb.
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