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Eric Ginsberg Awarded Golden Apple

School of Teacher Education lecturer and high school English teacher, Eric Ginsberg, was recognized on February 20th as the recipient of Helix Charter High School's 2013 Golden Apple Award, which is given to one outstanding teacher each year selected by the student body.

Ginsberg, a teacher at Helix Charter since 1999, has specialized in teaching English courses for "at-risk" students with diverse language, cultural and social backgrounds. As an educator, he is known by his students for having a dynamic, engaging and interactive style of instruction, as well as for having strong rapport with the classes he has taught.

At Helix Charter, he developed and currently teaches two genre-specific 12th grade college-prep English courses that utilize the instructional approach of the CSU Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC): Literature of Science Fiction and English 7/8C with an emphasis in the Literature of Hip-Hop. The Literature of Hip-Hop course has become one of the most popular courses on campus and uses critical pedagogy focused on themes of social justice and community activism.

As a teacher of writing, Ginsberg, a San Diego Area Writing Project Fellow, has designed and implemented instruction for high school students that nurtures academic and authentic voices in formats ranging from MLA-style research papers to performance poems. He teaches students to read like writers and to use mentor texts as part of their writing process in order to prepare for the reading-writing demands and rigors of the Common Core English Language Arts standards and college.

Before the Golden Apple, he was recognized in 2009 with Helix Charter's "Above and Beyond" Award for his initiation and management of a campus-wide chess project focused on promoting student learning and achievement.

Since 2008, Ginsberg has been teaching credential courses for future English teachers for SDSU’s School of Teacher Education. He earned his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature (1997), single subject teaching credential (1999) and M.A. in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction (2006) at SDSU.

When teaching credential courses, he shares candid stories of his journey from a novice and inexperienced student teacher to a veteran high school teacher and SDSU lecturer. Included in his anecdotes of early struggles in the classroom are critical reflections, details of collaboration, and thoughtful revisions of teaching, which he uses to account for later successes as an educator.   

During his time as a lecturer, Ginsberg has actively participated in SDSU's Linked Learning grant initiative, which emphasizes integration of challenging academics, technical skills/knowledge and work-based learning into secondary curriculum and prepares students for college, career and civic participation in the 21st century.
Hip-Hop Performance for Students

Helix Chess Story 




Iceberg raps at Helix High School

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