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Glenbard South Teacher Racks Up More Honors

A physics teacher at Glenbard South High School has received another honor for his science teaching.

A Glenbard South High School teacher currently in the running for Illinois Teacher of the Year has received another honor.

Robert Lang has been honored as a winner of an Illinois Science Teacher Association and ExxonMobil’s Outstanding Teacher of Science award. He is being honored for his accomplishments in the field of science teaching.

He will be honored in November during the Illinois Science Teacher Association’s annual science education conference, which will be held in Springfield.

“Lang understands the value of professional development and attends conferences and shares what he learns with his colleagues,” District 87 said in a news release Thursday. “He mentors new teachers by making sure they are attending professional development activities, giving them feedback on their teaching and daily struggles.”

At Glenbard South Lang teaches physics and engineering technology. He was also named one of nine finalists for the 2012-13 Illinois Teacher of the Year. The winner of the Teacher of the Year will be announced during the “Those Who Excel” banquet being held on Oct. 20 in Normal.

In his position with Glenbard South, Lang has been instrumental in developing student-centered and inquiry-based physics lessons that require students to collaborate to discover the phenomena behind the physics, according to District 87. He incorporates new technologies, such as clickers, data collection software and online quizzes into his classes and also assists other teachers who want to pilot or train with new technology in the classroom. 

Lang co-designed a project-based engineering course where students learn and use technology skills that include AutoCAD, woodworking, metalworking and robotics along with scientific principles to design and build projects, according to District 87. Combining physics and AutoCAD allowed students to learn across the curriculum and make the correlation between science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics. 

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