A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literature: Pairing Whole-Class Novels with Independent Reading Choice

This is a companion to my Edutopia article, Getting Everyone on the Same Page. Since I believe that balance in all aspects of education is crucial, I teach whole-class novels right along with assisting my students in choosing the books they read independently. In fact, my middle school students are always in the process of reading … Continue reading A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literature: Pairing Whole-Class Novels with Independent Reading Choice

Growth Mindset Is Not Enough: Edutopia featured article

We educators may be tempted to believe that once students develop growth mindset, they are adequately prepared to face life’s challenges and changes. While in one key respect this is true, outlook and affect are not nearly enough to thoroughly outfit any person with all it takes to attain one’s full potential. Possessing a positive … Continue reading Growth Mindset Is Not Enough: Edutopia featured article

A Teacher’s Inside Advice to Parents: radio interview

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Lamont Patterson and Dr. Matthew Anderson on their excellent World Movement Enterprises radio show. The subject was my book, A Teacher's Inside Advice to Parents: How Children Thrive with Leadership, Love, Laughter, and Learning. As the American Library Association's Booklist said in their review … Continue reading A Teacher’s Inside Advice to Parents: radio interview

Teaching the Whole Child: The Four Indispensable Aspects of Education

What if the key to narrowing the achievement gap was to focus on closing any serious gaps in student motivation? It is entirely possible for teachers to markedly inspire, influence, and embolden every student, but only when they do so in a manner that honors and embraces the four elemental needs of all children. Imagine … Continue reading Teaching the Whole Child: The Four Indispensable Aspects of Education

The 12 Cs of Student Engagement (Edutopia article and featured by the U.S. Department of Education)

Meaning is magnetic! Creativity is captivating! Passion is powerful! Emotion is engaging! Charisma is contagious! Discover compelling ways to draw your students in and invite them to dream and innovate. Transform your curriculum into exploration and adventure. Entice even your reluctant learners and hold them transfixed. There is a marked distinction, however, between teachers who … Continue reading The 12 Cs of Student Engagement (Edutopia article and featured by the U.S. Department of Education)

Putting Engagement First: Think Differently about your Students- Guest Post by Gillian Judson

There’s a “new kid” on your block. Tilt your head a little more to the left—just there. See? Tucked in among all of the faces you easily recognize is one that’s unfamiliar. He doesn’t look that different, really, but he’s definitely new. And he’s looking right at you. Will you walk toward him or walk … Continue reading Putting Engagement First: Think Differently about your Students- Guest Post by Gillian Judson

How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

I recently had the honor of being interviewed for a second time on The Teacher’s Lounge radio show podcast to talk about my book for teachers, The Firm, Fair, Fascinating Facilitator, and its companion workbook, The Teacher Tune-Up. (See below for a discount code directly through the publisher.) Where the first interview focused on positive classroom management (being firm) and … Continue reading How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

How to be Firm and Fair: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 1

I recently had the honor of being interviewed on The Teacher's Lounge radio show podcast to talk about my book for teachers, The Firm, Fair, Fascinating Facilitator. This first interview focuses on positive classroom management (being firm) and on teacher-student relationships (being fair). Listen to the podcast at The Teacher's Lounge. You can also listen to the second … Continue reading How to be Firm and Fair: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 1

Dispelling the Myth that Intelligence = Instant & Easy (NCTE growth mindset guest article)

A starling number of students believe that if you are smart, correct answers and brilliant ideas come quickly and with little exertion. They think intelligence equals “instant and easy.” Consequently, they also assume that the students who pause, ponder, or take pains of any sort must not be brainy. They even equate scholarly labor, multiple attempts, … Continue reading Dispelling the Myth that Intelligence = Instant & Easy (NCTE growth mindset guest article)

Classroom Wisdom that Works: Two Powerful Books for Teachers by a Teacher

Inspire your Students, Engage your Class, Transform your Teaching! Finally, a fellow classroom teacher details how every teacher can develop their students' cooperation, confidence, creativity, and capabilities. Since all children require growth in these fundamental areas, these books explain how all four aspects of learning are equally important and inextricably intertwined. Learn how every teacher can all at … Continue reading Classroom Wisdom that Works: Two Powerful Books for Teachers by a Teacher