Zareh Demirdji

SCI­ENCE, PHYS­I­CAL ED­U­CA­TION

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

Z areh Demirdji has been work­ing with schoolaged youth for over 12 years, and is en­ter­ing his sixth year teach­ing in high school. He has a very fresh view on the the way that teach­ing is done.

“I be­lieve that the role of to­day’s ed­u­ca­tors is not just to be the dis­sem­i­na­tor of in­for­ma­tion like ed­u­ca­tors of the past,” he says, “but in­stead the con­duit through which stu­dents learn how to learn in or­der to be able to sift through what is ac­cu­rate and re­li­able in­for­ma­tion.”

That for­ward-think­ing at­ti­tude no doubt helped him cre­ate two cour­ses that are taught us­ing video games as the cen­tral learn­ing tool. His class­room is one in which he aims to give the stu­dents a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery day.

“The one con­stant in all my classes is my en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion for the sub­jects I teach.” “I also be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion is dy­namic and on­go­ing, and that in­di­vid­u­als learn best when what they are learn­ing is re­lated to what they en­joy.” One of his most en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ences at school each year is grad­u­a­tion night. On this night, each grad­u­ate is given the chance to say some words dur­ing con­vo­ca­tion. “Get­ting to hear their gen­uine grat­i­tude is always joy­ous and hum­bling.”

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