How to motivate and engage reluctant learners
“You can break motivation barriers for disengaged students by recognizing that motivation is an investment decision. Students have time, attention, and effort, and they are making a decision every single day about whether they want to invest those things in our classrooms or in something else. Making your classroom worth investing in is about creating a space where students’ time, energy, and effort will be rewarded.” –Dr. Robyn Jackson
Creating systemic change and solving problems BEFORE they happen
My guest in this episode is Dan Heath, a New York Times bestselling author of five books, the most recent being “Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.” This book is a MUST read for anyone who’s curious about how to create systemic change or how to improve our daily lives through pro-active problem-solving.
Do you hold these 3 limiting beliefs about students?
If you’re feeling frustrated in the classroom because it seems like your students are simply refusing to learn, then it might be time to take a step back and rethink the way you see the situation. We’ll take a look at some of the commonly-held limiting beliefs and assumptions about “bad” students and how this might be shaping your teaching experience.
How to motivate students to take ownership of their learning
Are you working harder than your students? Learn practical strategies for making the learning really matter to kids so they’re self-motivated in the classroom. You’ll discover how to inspire kids to give as much energy and effort in the classroom as you do! #tipsforteachers #studentengagement #learningsupport #teaching
6 ways to support kids who don’t take ownership of their learning
When kids are unmotivated, the solution is natural: Give them more ownership. Here are 6 ways to do that. #teachingstrategies #tipsforteachers #studentengagement
6 powerful strategies to help worried, anxious students
Doesn’t your heart go out to those kids who are perpetually anxious? We all have students who have social anxieties or worry excessively about test pressure and their performance in school. I’ve invited Anne-Marie Morey, a board-certified educational therapist, to share some strategies for helping these students. #anxiety #studentsupport #tipsforteachers #behaviormanagement
5 ridiculously unhelpful things I’ve said to students
5 ridiculously unhelpful things I’ve said to students -- Do any of these sound familiar? Here's what you should say instead next time. #tipsforteachers #classroommanagement #studentnengagement
10 ways to calm a class after lunch or recess
After recess or lunch can be one of the toughest times to transition back into instruction. Often the kids are so wound up that it takes 10 minutes (or more) to get everyone ready to learn again, and with the amount of curriculum we need to teach during the school day, that’s 10 minutes we can’t afford to lose! Here are 10 things you can do to help the kids calm down and be ready to start learning again. #tipsforteachers #classroommanagement #behaviormanagement
What to do in the middle of your lesson when a student refuses to work
Even though there is no clear cut solution for students who refuse to work in the classroom, there are a few things that you can do to improve the situation. #classroommanagement #behaviormanagement #studentengagement
How YOUR response to student behavior can change the trajectory of a child’s life
One of the toughest parts of teaching students who have a lot of behavioral issues is that feeling of helplessness, like there's nothing you can do to reach them. What if we chose to approach behavior problems through a lens focused on long-term solutions which restores a child's wholeness rather than criminalizing kids for their behavioral choices? #restorativejustice #behaviormanagement
I was a disengaged student who nearly failed high school
I was a disengaged student who nearly failed high school: This is not a guest interview--it’s my story. That kid in your class who learns differently and feels impossible to reach within the structures of how we do school? That kid could have been me. #disengagedstudent #studentengagement
How to act (rather than react) and stop wasting class time when kids are off-task
Shifting the goal from getting rid of off-task behavior to instead maximizing learning time is very different. Now the focus is on something realistic, and something you CAN control. Disruptions are expected and anticipated and planned for. They don’t throw you off your course because they are part of the course. You only have to respond in a way that helps you make the most of your instructional time.
10 ways to calm a class after lunch or recess
It seems like kids are at their craziest after recess making it very tough for any teacher to transition back to teaching. Here are 10 after recess (or lunch!) routines to help keep students calm and ready to learn. #classroomroutines #tipsforteachers #classroommanagement
When your students misbehave for other teachers
What to do when your students misbehave for other teachers --Does your class misbehave when they go to specials or other classes? Here are tips to help you deal with this common teacher dilemma.
What to do when you get the “class from hell”
It’s a difficult phenomenon to describe to non-educators, but classroom teachers will instantly know what I’m referring to–having a group of students that just don’t click with you and are extremely difficult to handle. Here are 5 pieces of advice if you’re facing that situation right now. #behaviormanagement #tipsforteachers #classroommanagement #teachermindset
Getting real about grit: 6 things every teacher needs to know
Grit is valuable to teach to students but in recent years, the term has been misused. Here are 6 things every teacher needs to know about what grit is --and what it's not!