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5 pieces of wisdom for kindergarten teachers from a graduate of STEP

Kindergarten teacher Marissa McGee with several students. (Photo by Elissa Nadworny/NPR)
Since receiving her master's degree at Stanford Graduate School of Education, Marissa McGee has been teaching kindergarten in the Washington, D.C., area. (Photo by Elissa Nadworny/NPR)
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5 pieces of wisdom for kindergarten teachers from a graduate of STEP

Marissa McGee, a graduate of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, was featured on NPR's education website as one of its 50 great teachers.

When you enter Marissa McGee's classroom, the first thing you notice is her connection with her students. They're delighted by her enthusiasm, they pick up on her sarcasm, and they often double over with giggles when she makes a joke.

And this is kindergarten. So McGee's students — her audience — are 5-year-olds.

"They're easy to please," she says, laughing. "I'm not that funny. I wouldn't even consider myself funny at all."

This rapport is how Marissa McGee works to shape these kindergartners into thoughtful, educated adults.

Her classroom at Walker-Jones Education Campus, not far from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., has been heralded as a room to watch by D.C.'s public schools. Last year, teachers from all over the city visited McGee's class to observe her teaching as part of their professional development.

So, she let us in on some of her classroom tips:

This story was written for NPR by Elissa Nadworny, a digital journalist on the NPR Ed Team.

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