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Why You Must Remind Students Of Their Purpose

Why You Must Remind Students Of Their Purpose

If not reminded, and reminded often, your students will naturally slip into believing that school is just something they’re supposed to do. They never consider that school doesn’t need them, individually anyway, but that they need school. So many students approach their education as if it were the other way around, as if their school […]

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How To Get Your Students To Work Together

It’s frustrating. You spend your entire prep-hour strategically placing students into groups. You teach, model, and role-play what you want them to do. You assign roles, provide clear objectives, and confirm their understanding of your expectations. You give them all the support you know how to give, setting them up for easy success—a slam dunk […]

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Why You Should Observe Your Students More

[Note: I want to express my deepest sympathies to the students, teachers, and families at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My thoughts and prayers are with you.] Most teachers don’t observe their students enough. Because they’re too busy meeting with them. They’re too busy leaning down to help. They’re too busy scurrying from student to student […]

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Why Hard Lessons Are Good For Your Students

So you’ve got this awesome science lesson planned. The materials are all laid out. Your lab coat is hanging on a hook behind your desk. Your fake horned-rims are dangling conspicuously from the breast pocket. Your students know they’re in for a cool learning experience, and all morning the classroom has been abuzz. Smartly, you […]

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