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)

It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part Four of a Four-Part Series)

Let's dispel a major misconception about motivating and managing kids: Proper, proportional adult leadership is always less about control or compliance and so much more about cultivating willing cooperation and courtesy in children. That said, "compliance" and "control" are not dirty words, and they certainly should not be dirty little secrets when used with adult … Continue reading It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part Four of a Four-Part Series)

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)

Helping Students Develop Self-Control: Education Week guest article by Robert Ward

Educators are waking up to the fact that academic learning is intertwined with social, emotional, and soulful learning. Although balance is imperative in helping all students become successful and satisfied, both in the present and future, we still too often approach problems in a one-sided way, neglecting the big picture of the four fundamental needs … Continue reading Helping Students Develop Self-Control: Education Week guest article by Robert Ward

It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part Three of a Four-Part Series)

Admittedly, firm leadership runs the occasional risk of the adult authority figure being perceived by some children as unpopular or as the “bad guy.” Yet if one of your greatest fears as a parent or a teacher is falling into disfavor, no matter how temporarily,  with the very children you are endeavoring to raise right … Continue reading It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part Three of a Four-Part Series)

It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part Two of a Four-Part Series)

Parents and teachers alike need to stop thinking that cultivating warm and fuzzy relationships with kids is all that is needed to produce successful, secure children. I can understand people’s good intentions, but I am sick of constantly hearing that the fruitful rearing and educating of children is “all about” relationships. Just because you sincerely … Continue reading It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part Two of a Four-Part Series)

It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part One of a Four-Part Series)

During my twenty-four years teaching a wide variety of more than 3,500 students, I have witnessed a worrisome decline in strong, intentional adult leadership. Too many teachers and parents today are inadvertently shortchanging the kids they care about. By failing to properly develop in those children the common courtesy, cheerful cooperation, and consistent conscientiousness that … Continue reading It Takes Strong Adults to Raise Strong Children (Part One of a Four-Part Series)

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

The True Meaning of Parental Commitment

Conscientious parents and teachers can cite a laundry list of specific ways in which they routinely provide the children they care about with the core needs of leadership, love, laughter, and learning. None of the ways these adults actively motivate kids is mysterious or magical to them. Instead, every word and deed that comes from … Continue reading The True Meaning of Parental Commitment

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