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June 01, 2016

Ability Grouping: Better for Students or Easier for Schools?

I never worked harder in or out of the classroom than I did when preparing and presenting two lessons per class. Yet despite my diligence, ability grouping was ineffective, as reflected in students' actions and words: "You are too bogus Coach G. You know Group A is not that smart and Group B is smart, and you separate us so we look dumb. All of us should be in the same group to help each other out."

August 30, 2015

Calling Parents: To Keep Kids in Line or Help Them Learn?

Parents don't just want to hear what's wrong with their children. Telling them what's right about their children earns trust and cooperation--from them and their children alike.

May 31, 2015

Stop Preaching and Start Teaching

Don't tell students they can be successful. Show them how to be successful.

June 30, 2014

Tough Love or No Love

Showing love for students means doing what's best for them, not what's easiest for us.

December 27, 2013

Extrinsic Rewards Exit Strategy

Are you using rewards to the detriment of your students? Make it your new year's resolution to shift from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation.

December 01, 2013

My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards

Students should feel fulfilled because of what they're learning, not because of what they're earning.

November 23, 2013

Make It an Empowering Day or Not... the Choice Is Yours

Student empowerment involves choices other than compliance and punishment.

June 17, 2013

Taking Developmental Considerations Into Consideration

Teachers need to have high expectations of students, but also reasonable expectations of students.

April 22, 2013

What Students Want vs. What Students Need

Sometimes what students need clashes with what students want.

March 29, 2013

Coach Students Rather Than Teach Students

Students learn best when teachers stop doing for them what they can do for themselves.

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