Commitment to goal setting = Increased student motivation

What works to motivate one student may not be successful in motivating another. However, I do believe that there is one truth that applies to every […]

Encourage students to take risks with this idea

Creating a culture that embraces risk-taking is a challenge that is worth accepting for any classroom leader. Students will inevitably encounter problems that can’t be solved […]

3 tips to sharpen your innovative teacher skills

Exposing students to an innovative classroom prepares them for the challenges of the future. Without a doubt, the environment benefits everyone. However, innovative classrooms don’t just […]

Using Reciprocal Questioning to help students ask better questions

I often told my students that when they entered my class that they were on a journey. Their purpose was to seek information that would ultimately […]

How to give feedback to a student to adjust their thinking

How we respond to students when they are on the road to mastery is important. At times, their thinking needs to be adjusted in order to […]

How to help students learn from success

Even when students experience success, there is still work to be done to ensure that success can be duplicated. We need to be intentional to help […]

How to help student break negative thought patterns

The first thought your students have when they meet a challenge is an important one. Without a doubt, that thought determines what actions they will or […]

Problem-solving: The unwritten goal

School is where students get much needed practice solving problems. As a teacher, I taught U.S. History, but I also embedded in my lesson opportunities for […]

How to increase rigor in the classroom with word choice

A huge component that leads to increased rigor in the classroom is culture. I define culture as the experience of students in the classroom. As a […]