The Fallacy of Failure: Getting Growth Mindset Right (ASCD guest article)

Using the word “failure” sends the wrong message to students about what true growth mindset entails. It is time to STOP telling kids to embrace failure and to instead help them persevere through everyday struggles, stumbles, and setbacks while on the way to eventual success. Failure is all the rage in education circles these days—but … Continue reading The Fallacy of Failure: Getting Growth Mindset Right (ASCD guest article)

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

Learning from Luis: A Teacher’s Memoir- International Literacy Association guest article by Robert Ward

Luis was a particularly brilliant boy in my seventh grade English class in South Los Angeles. But like particularly brilliant kids can sometimes be, Luis initially decided that on all accounts he knew better than I did and that his teacher was the enemy. He fought me often and openly, but one thing I absolutely … Continue reading Learning from Luis: A Teacher’s Memoir- International Literacy Association guest article by Robert Ward

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

The Four Fundamental Needs of All Children

If you count yourself among those parents and teachers who have within their midst kids who are naturally self-motivated, congratulations! Whatever you are doing is working, especially on children who just do not to seem to need that much work. Since there must be underlying reasons why some kids thrive, sometimes seemingly all on their … Continue reading The Four Fundamental Needs of All Children

Gratitude Can Change your Classroom and your Life: Guest Post by Owen M. Griffith

Teaching is a challenging endeavor. With all the demands on a teacher’s time and energy, it is easy to lose the enthusiasm that brought us into the classroom. In addition, teachers have recently had new requirements added to their load, including standardized testing and dealing with changing curriculums. However, there is good news. Recent research … Continue reading Gratitude Can Change your Classroom and your Life: Guest Post by Owen M. Griffith

Seven Questions to Reignite your Teaching Passion and Purpose

Every teacher must find or rediscover their genuine excitement for educating and nurturing children. In fact, a teacher’s personal and professional sense of passion, pleasure, and purpose is just as vital for their students as it is for themselves. Everyone can readily agree that academic learning is a crucial goal of teaching, but educators, parents, and the public … Continue reading Seven Questions to Reignite your Teaching Passion and Purpose

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)

Orphans & Outsiders: 8 Young Adult Books that Teach Gratitude, Grit, and Growth Mindset (U.S. Dept. of Education featured article)

Have you ever noticed that the main characters in a great deal of young adult literature are orphans? It has to be more than a coincidence that the inspiring protagonists of some of the most beloved books from the young adult canon are either parentless or are suddenly isolated from the love and support of … Continue reading Orphans & Outsiders: 8 Young Adult Books that Teach Gratitude, Grit, and Growth Mindset (U.S. Dept. of Education featured article)