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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Positive Engagement and Behavior at the End the Year–35 Ideas to Try

As the school year winds down, it can be hard for students (and teachers) to keep their positive energy high. With the end in sight, it can be hard to stay motivated to do work. With worries about the end of the year (and what the summer

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What We Say and How We Say It Matter: ASCD Webinar with Mike Anderson

In this free archived webinar you’ll learn about why teacher talk is so important. You’ll also dig into several specific examples of common mismatches between what teachers want for their students and how they talk with them. You’ll learn how to boost intrinsic motivation and student ownership

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Should We Be Thinking About The Way We Speak To Our Students… And Each Other?

Should We Be Thinking About The Way We Speak To Our Students… And Each Other?

I hope you enjoy this lively conversation with Jeff Bradbury on The TeacherCast Podcast about my latest book, What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior.  

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Rethinking Praise

One of the most deeply held beliefs of many educators is that we should praise students—a lot. Many of us were taught, early on in our careers, that the more we praise our students, the better they’ll feel, and the better they feel, the harder they’ll work.Read more

What We Say and How We Say It Matter

What We Say and How We Say It Matter We all have the best of intentions when it comes to our students. We want them to have joy and positive energy for learning. We want them to be kind and collaborative and responsible. We want them toRead more

Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior: Bam! Radio Interview

Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior: Bam! Radio Interview
I had the honor and pleasure of chatting with ASCD Emerging Leader Rachael George about my newest ASCD Book: What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior. The interview was lively and fun--I hope you enjoy it!  Read more