Stay Healthy as You Work from Home

Stay Healthy as You Work from Home

Remember those days in the classroom when you thought, “I have friends who work from home. Wouldn’t that be nice?” Well, here you go! COVID-19 is giving you a chance to try it out. No doubt, there are some upsides to working from home. Depending on how

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Tap into Self-Motivation with an At-Home Project

Tap into Self-Motivation with an At-Home Project

As you try to figure out at-home learning amidst the COVID-19 crisis, here’s an idea to consider. How about creating a class project to work on? Each student can do their own small part, and when you all get back together, you can put it all together

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Maintaining School Momentum as Learning Moves Home

Maintaining School Momentum as Learning Moves Home

You’ve spent the whole year building a community of learners. You’ve established rules and routines to help learners manage themselves and work well with each other. Now, with schoolwork potentially moving offsite, you still want to support your students as best you can. How can you help

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Aligning Words and Intentions

Aligning Words and Intentions

We all have good intentions, don’t we? It’s also true that we all have to fall into habits when it comes to the way we talk with students. There’s also no doubt that we all end up in some habits that don’t match our best intentions.  That’s

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Is It Time to Try Something Different?

Is It Time to Try Something Different?
Is it time to try something different with your students? Is there something you've been trying over and over again that just isn't working? One year, I remember it taking me way too long to realize that I needed to make a change. My class of fifthRead more

Should Elementary Teachers Specialize in Content?

Should Elementary Teachers Specialize in Content?

A school-based content coach wrote to me because her K-5 school is considering moving toward content specialization. This means that at each grade level, teachers would focus on specific content areas and kids would change classes throughout the day. She wondered, is this beneficial for children? (This

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Can Teachers Offer Choice in the Midst of Scripted Programs?

The Dilemma You want to offer students choices about what they learn or how the learn it. Engagement would be higher and you could offer differentiated options to meet the needs of various learners. However, you’re saddled with a scripted program, and choice isn’t built in. (OrRead more

Are You Struggling with PBIS Reward Systems?

Are You Struggling with PBIS Reward Systems?

A teacher recently reached out to me about PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) and reward systems. It’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot as I work with teachers across the United States.  I am in a district that expects me to use school cash tickets

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Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Traditional Grading Practices

Inequities Hidden in Plain Sight: Traditional Grading Practices

Is there a more controversial issue in schools right now than grading? If it’s not at the top of the list, it’s certainly close. As many schools move away from traditional grading practices and toward standards-based (proficiency-based or competency-based) ones, teachers, parents, and kids are confused. While

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How Do You Promote Intrinsic Motivation at School When Kids Get Extrinsic Motivators at Home?

A teacher recently wrote me an email asking for some advice about student motivation. She graciously agreed to let my answer morph into a blog post.   I just finished listening to your ASCD webinar about language.  I found your presentation thoughtful, informative, and practical.  My question for

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