Taking a Stand: Engaging Students through Controversy

Push your students’ buttons from time to time! Provoke them and rile them up! But do so within a set of established procedures so students can air their thoughtful, informed opinions in a civil and intelligent manner. Honoring your students’ ideas and insights is a great way to get them “into” a new lesson or … Continue reading Taking a Stand: Engaging Students through Controversy

Inspiring Teachers Show Interview: Teaching the Benefit Mindset

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Tavis Beem and Danny Hauger for their excellent show, Inspiring Teachers. The subject was my latest book, Teaching the Benefit Mindset: Moving Empathy, Inclusion, and Altruism to the Forefront of Education. "Robert Ward is an ELA pro with blogging and growth to the ceiling of the … Continue reading Inspiring Teachers Show Interview: Teaching the Benefit Mindset

Predictions: Activating Curiosity and Honoring Student Input

Predicting is a wonderful engagement tool because it encourages your students to be wonder-filled! The act of predicting places students in the driver’s seat of learning as they plot out the most probable destinations of where your curriculum and their learning will take them. As I write in my book Reaching the Whole Child by Teaching … Continue reading Predictions: Activating Curiosity and Honoring Student Input