When you make writing into a two-way conversation, you remove it from the hallowed halls of impossibility. You bring it down to a human level.Read More
Your students need to understand what fractions are before you do anything else with them.Read More
Johnny has such a hard time remembering his CVC words. Meanwhile, Miranda can decode anything; but ask her to define any of these words, and she’ll hide under her chair.Read More
Most stress is rooted in a feeling of helplessness.
Most of our stress develops from a feeling of being subject to forces beyond our control.
The “What Can I Do?” method doesn’t teach kids that they can control everything. What this method does is do is to reduce kids’ perception of helplessness, as they recognize that there are things in their control.Read More
You know you’re a true teacher.
In fact, you’re quite sure of it.
You have the experience, the credentials, and the position.
But do you ever struggle with the idea of feeling different than the other teachers?Read More
Although this ‘disease’ is fairly common, if left unchecked, it can lead to real depression, anxiety, frustration, and burnout--for students and teachers alike.Read More
For our students who struggle severely with their math facts, unattainable beginnings make ALL of math feel out of reach.Read More
“Today we’re going to do some writing,” you announce. You use your excited tone - as if the excitement is contagious. If only.Read More
Many of our students are quite able to comprehend ideas when they don't have to struggle with decoding text. We need to stop giving them “baby stuff.” We need to give them the real deal.
This is where recorded texts come into play.Read More
Many children aren’t able to recognize their emotions, especially those with communication and/or emotional needs.
Sometimes, if you ask children how they feel, they might snap back at you:
“I don't know!”Read More