MOSCOW, October 3 – Novosti. The final test of the 2022 Russian Teacher of the Year competition took place on October 3 at the Pashkov House in Moscow. The final round was called “Pedagogical Council”. Each of the five winners came up with their own pedagogical initiative.
“The competition unites teachers, and this is a very good tradition of our education system. We are doing everything to raise the status of a teacher, because his profession is the most significant on earth,” Russian Minister of Education Sergei Kravtsov addressed the winners.
The first prize-winner, English teacher Zilfira Batyrova (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug) proposed to create “teacher of the year” workshops in 33 pedagogical universities in Russia by the end of 2023. “The experience of the best teachers needs to be broadcast,” she explained, adding that this will be a serious help for the pedagogical community. “In any region of Russia there are such specialists who could lead workshops – 33 spaces where pedagogical life will seethe,” she said.
The teacher of history and social studies Yulia Bakhmutskaya (DPR) came up with the pedagogical initiative “Learning without Borders”. She explained that we are talking about expanding the professional competencies of a teacher by immersing him in the work process of representatives of other professions. “A teacher is immersed in an unusual professional environment for 18 hours. This will allow him to transform his knowledge and skills, and then equip his student with them,” she said.
The third prize winner, teacher of Russian language and literature Akhmed Lamarkaev (Chechen Republic) presented the project “Under the Wing of the Pelican”: this is a single platform that will facilitate the exchange of experience of teachers, their professional development, recreation and health promotion. “A teacher is a righteous person, and the task of the state is to try to preserve this righteous person. We need to think not only about the professional competencies of a teacher, but also take care of his emotional state,” the teacher noted, adding that the problem of professional burnout is acute in the teaching environment.
History teacher Dmitry Lutovinov (Moscow region) advocated the creation of “an information field with a ‘+’ sign”. According to him, children grow up in the Internet age, but 55 percent of Russian children say that they have encountered inappropriate content online. In connection with with this, he proposed to develop a special school resource: “It will be a platform for free communication, but teachers will moderate all content,” he explained.
The fifth prize-winner, English teacher Veronika Mushkarina (Chelyabinsk Region), proposed the creation of federal centers for the study of her native land. In her opinion, in such centers it would be possible to form involvement in one’s region, study subjects of the natural science cycle, work out social tracks (leadership projects), hold workshops for novice photographers and go in for sports. “The point of growth is educational tourism,” she added.
The choice of the winner will be made by the jury of the third round of the competition, which consists of the Grand, Parent and Student Juries. “They are all our winners! It is they who bring up the generation that determines the future of the country,” said Viktor Sadovnichy, rector of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, who heads the jury for the third round.