A teacher recently reached out to me about PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) and reward systems. It’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot as I work with teachers across the United States. I am in a district
Is there a more controversial issue in schools right now than grading? If it’s not at the top of the list, it’s certainly close. As many schools move away from traditional grading practices and toward standards-based (proficiency-based or competency-based) ones,
A teacher recently wrote me an email asking for some advice about student motivation. She graciously agreed to let my answer morph into a blog post. I just finished listening to your ASCD webinar about language. I found your presentation thoughtful,
There is much debate about what kind of role homework should play in schools. Research on the topic is mixed. It has negative impacts on the achievement of younger children, positive impacts at the high school level, and mixed results
Are incentive systems used in your school? Do kids get handed tickets or fake money (to be spent at the school store) for walking quietly in hallways? Are gem and marble jars used to motivate kids to raise their hands
Do you care about equity in your school? Do you believe that all children should have a fair chance at school success? It’s common for grade levels or departments to create long lists of supplies that students are expected to
Do you care about equity? Do you want all of your students, regardless of their socioeconomic status (SES), to have a real chance for success? Of course you do. Most teachers consider themselves fiercely protective of students who come
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-beyond
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
We all have the best of intentions when it comes to our students. We want them to have
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
This quote is one of my favorites. If you’ve attended a professional development session with me, there’s a good chance I’ve shared this with you at some point. It so clearly articulates the importance of
Childhood anxiety is on the rise. According to research cited in a recent Washington Post article, the diagnosis of childhood anxiety in children ages 6-17 has jumped 20% in recent years.