Organisation - April 4, 2016

Third nominated Teacher of the Year 2016: Roel Dijksma

Text:
Linda van der Nat

The third nominee for the annual Teacher of the Year Award is known: university teacher Hydrology Roel Dijksma.

Resource surprised Dijksma at the end of his lecture in Forum. While his students applauded loudly he opened the silver envelope. ‘This is a huge compliment. I am honored.’

Roel Dijksma was never nominated before for the Teacher of the Year award, although he was regularly on the longlist. Dijksma has a suspicion for the reason. ‘I enjoy telling stories of which students say: this matters. With this I try to connect to the interests of the students.’ Moreover, he tries to avoid that providing education becomes routine. ‘It can always be changed and improved.’

The jury of Teacher of the Years says that Dijksma owes the nomination to his natural manner of teaching, with which he manages to even bring less interesting topics with enthusiasm. Moreover, he likes to go the extra mile for his students. ‘He cares about the students and not only on education level.’

Pointing to the nomination Dijksma jokes: ‘Tomorrow I will continue telling stories, but then with this paper around my neck. And now: break. ‘

The coming days Resource will also announce the other four nominees for the Teacher of the Year Award 2016. Last week it was announced that André van Lammeren and Ute Sass-Klaassen are in the race to become best teacher of 2016.

See how Dijksma reacts to his nomination (Dutch only)

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