We’re All Developing at Something (Education Week featured article)

Sometimes the most impactful ideas that help reshape and improve your teaching come in small packages. That is how I feel about this little gem of an article written by Peg Grafwallner for Literacy and NCTE, the official blog of the National Council of Teachers of English. Struggling Reluctantly is Peg’s eloquent argument that when … Continue reading We’re All Developing at Something (Education Week featured article)

Communication Skills for Students and Teachers (Edutopia featured article)

The longer I teach, the more I realize my rapport with each student is based on how effectively I speak with them, both publicly and one on one. When I express empathy, my students’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences are validated. Through my words of warmth and acceptance, each child becomes an integral part of our … Continue reading Communication Skills for Students and Teachers (Edutopia featured article)

Character Therapy: Examples, ACE, and a Sample Dialogue

This post is a companion to my upcoming Edutopia article, "Character Therapy: A Novel Way to Teach Students to Triumph over Trauma." That article explains in detail the purpose, process, and benefits of this literature-based approach to helping children overcome the negative effects of adversity. Examples of Young Adult Books Suitable for Character Therapy When … Continue reading Character Therapy: Examples, ACE, and a Sample Dialogue

Fueling Your Growth Mindset: Two Interviews

I recently had the pleasure of doing two interviews. One was facilitated by Larry Ferlazzo from Education Week. Two other educators and I discussed articles that had a big impact on our teaching: BAM Radio 4/18/18. You can also read my EdWeek article on this subject. I also was interviewed by Melissa Hallman, a graduate student at Wilkes … Continue reading Fueling Your Growth Mindset: Two Interviews

Free Summer Book Study: Teaching the Whole Child and Empowering Parents

Here's a summer PD opportunity not to be missed! I'll be hosting a free summer book study of my latest book, Talented Teachers, Empowered Parents, Successful Students, via a five-session weekly Twitter EdChat. These fast-paced, 30-minute chats will take place on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. PST/ 8:00 p.m. CST/ 9:00 p.m. EST during June and July 2018. … Continue reading Free Summer Book Study: Teaching the Whole Child and Empowering Parents

The Four Crucial Components of Collaborative Learning

Any teacher who wishes to have their students interact and work together must keep in mind four overarching aspects of collaborative learning. 1. The Group Work Litmus Test A good test for whether group work is even necessary for a particular assignment is this: After you have provided your students with the essential knowledge and … Continue reading The Four Crucial Components of Collaborative Learning

Ten Essential Tips for Marketing a Class Blog that Gets Seen and Shared (KQED featured article)

If you’re looking to take your students’ work to the next level, creating a class blog is a great way to motivate students to produce their best work — precisely because with a class blog, your students, who are usually limited to an audience of peers, parents, and teachers, are now exposed (and strategically marketed) … Continue reading Ten Essential Tips for Marketing a Class Blog that Gets Seen and Shared (KQED featured article)

Benefit Mindset: Transforming Students’ Attitudes of Empathy into Acts of Altruism (Edutopia featured article)

As communal creatures, we all crave belonging. Feeling understood and integral among a wide variety of people creates connections that make our lives complete. At our core, each of us is searching for the feeling that “we are all in this together.” Acceptance and affinity are especially important in the classroom, where each student’s social-emotional … Continue reading Benefit Mindset: Transforming Students’ Attitudes of Empathy into Acts of Altruism (Edutopia featured article)

The Top 4 Reasons for Teacher Burnout

Teaching today, especially at a low-performing school, can often be a Herculean, if not Sisyphean, task. Yet there must be some valid reasons why certain teachers face burnout and others find ways to continue to teach with passion, purpose, and perseverance. Only by putting ourselves in a struggling teacher’s shoes are we ever going to … Continue reading The Top 4 Reasons for Teacher Burnout

Should Students Be Branding and Marketing Themselves Online? (KQED In the Classroom featured article)

My niece Nina, a high school senior, recently showed me her new website and YouTube channel offering tips about makeup. Her homepage alone boasts more than 50 photos of creative ways to apply eyeshadow! When I discovered this was all part of her AP English Literature assignment, however, I began to ask more questions. Nina’s teacher had explained to … Continue reading Should Students Be Branding and Marketing Themselves Online? (KQED In the Classroom featured article)