Success in School and Beyond

This article, published through the UNH Extensions blog, highlights a workshop I taught in northern, NH. It was an energizing and exciting day! https://extension.unh.edu/blog/success-school-and-beyondRead more

Should Teachers Call Students “Friends”?

Should Teachers Call Students “Friends”?
What do you think--should teachers call students "friends"? Educators at William H. Rowe School in Yarmouth, Maine are engaged in an exploration of teacher-talk. They’re using What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior as a book studyRead more

Avoid the “If-Then” Trap

We want students to be more than compliant, don’t we? In addition to doing the right things, we want them to do so for the right reasons. We want students to pick up trash to keep the room clean, to be kind to others because it makes them

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Getting Consistent with Consequences

Consequences are complicated. You can’t have an effective approach to discipline without them, yet they can’t be the focus of discipline either. In schools, there are often many different opinions about what appropriate consequences are and how they should be used. In this article, I explore why

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Do You Have a Challenging Student? Read “The Caring Teacher”

Have you ever had a student you struggled to connect with? How you ever felt a twinge of guilt as you recognize that there are a couple of students in your class who are harder to like than others? I know the lie we’re supposed to tell:

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Hugging Porcupines: Building Meaningful Relationships with Our Toughest Students

Hugging Porcupines: Building Meaningful Relationships with Our Toughest Students

We know about the power of relationships. We’ve heard (and believe!) the old adage, “Kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” So how do we build and cultivate those all-important relationships…with some of our toughest kids? You know the ones—students who come

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The First Weeks of School: The Beginning of the Story Your Students Will Tell

The First Weeks of School: The Beginning of the Story Your Students Will Tell

Tell a story that you would want your students to tell about your class at the end of the year. This compelling challenge was posed by Bena Kallick on a recent video interview I had with her and Allison Zmuda. She challenges teachers to take on this

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Educators Increasingly Struggle with Moral Injury

In this article published in District Administration, I share some thoughts about the challenges some educators face when they feel that district policies around discipline are at odds with their own core values.

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Student Choice as a Lever for Personalized Learning

In this lively chat with educators Allison Zmuda (personalized learning guru) and Bena Kallick (co-creator of The Habits of Mind framework), we discuss how to move beyond simply giving students choices about their learning. To really leverage the power of choice for students, we need to help

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Literacy Teachers: Rethink the Phrase, “Good Readers…”

Literacy Teachers: Rethink the Phrase, “Good Readers…”

If you teach reading and/or writing, there’s a good chance that when introducing a new concept or skill, you begin your lesson by saying some variation of, “Good readers….” “Good readers pay attention to context clues.” “Good writers add detail to important parts of their story.” “One

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