For 2011 Milken Award winner Seth Brown, his sudden national recognition would not be possible without the support and mentorship of countless other teachers. During a meeting with Governor Dayton last week, Brown described his teaching method as a collection of ideas he has taken from fellow educators and modified to fit his classroom.
Wherever he gets his ideas, Brown’s methods have gotten results, and gotten noticed.
The Milken Award coined as the “Oscars of Teaching” recognizes and celebrates educators for their achievements in the classroom. Selected through an entirely word-of-mouth process, Milken awardees are picked for what they have achieved and what they are poised to accomplish in the future. As a recipient, Brown received $25,000 and access to many professional development opportunities.
As the at-risk math teacher for Wayzata Middle School, Brown works with students before and after school. During his time at the school, he has built a reputation as a leader inside and out of the classroom. Brown has developed and shared formative assessments while also ensuring his lesson plans stay current through the use of technology, including SMART boards, social networks, Moodle, iPod Touches, online assessments and student response devices. Brown strives to engage all students, cultivating whole class discussions to exchange ideas and cement concepts.
Although his students might say his most notorious method for engaging them has been to ask students to stand during class, allowing them to engage their whole body and mind in the learning process.