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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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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Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

Without These Three Conditions, Student Choice Probably Won’t Work

“If I give my students choice, I’m worried they’re going to make bad choices,” I often hear teachers say. “They’re just going to choose the easiest option. Or, they’re going to choose what their friends choose.” There’s no doubt that sometimes students will make poor choices. They

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