USA Today honors 20 oustanding teachers.
For some All-USA Teacher Team members, selling their students on education starts with showing them where it’s taking them. From the start, English teacher Suzanne Ransleben illuminates the path from Corpus Christi’s Carroll High to college, encouraging freshmen to take the standardized PSAT so they can gain experience and see how far they’ve come when it counts for scholarships their junior year.
She also brings fun to the fundamentals with activites like Grammar Football, a sure crowd-pleaser in Texas. Student passers are nouns, receivers are direct objects and action verbs are the footballs. Ransleben calls plays, with adjectives sticking to nouns, prepositions blocking phrases, and indirect objects occasionally intercepting. Pretty soon, everybody understands that subjects, verbs and objects drive the action — “Everything else just hangs on,” she says.
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