We can learn a great deal about appreciation for differences from the business world.  Maria Bartiromo, described Jack Welch’s view of leadership as that of being the conductor of an orchestra.  All of the instruments are different. “The leader’s job is to touch every...

Does student engagement always ensure student learning?  Not always.  Students can be thoroughly engaged in your activity, and still walk away having learned very little about the content that you were hoping to teach.  Even lessons that provide engagement can be all f...

Unfortunately, too much of today's teaching is characterized by a stand-and-deliver approach to presenting content, in which teachers simply stand at the overhead or the front of the room and deliver the material to be learned. Paolo Freire (2000) describes students in...

Think about the typical question-and-answer session in most classrooms. We call it "the beach ball scenario" because it reminds us of a scene in which a teacher is holding a beach ball. She tosses it to a student, who quickly catches the ball and tosses it back. She th...

December 27, 2018

Academic language is a lot more complicated than it sounds.  It consists of content-specific words as well as non-content specific words (not to mention a host of other grammatical and cultural nuances that most of us never consciously learned, but effectively acquired...

November 26, 2018

My daughter was born right after Chapter 6 of The Hobbit. No, seriously. Bill was reading aloud from The Hobbit while I lay there trying to think about something other than my contractions. Of course, he put the book down when he could no longer hear himself above my a...

If you’re like most teachers, being observed while teaching comes as a stressful evaluative process that ends with a post-observation meeting with your principal. In most cases, the principal might compliment the things that were done well, and make brief references to...

June 3, 2016

Great teaching takes intentionality, planning, and an incredible amount of hard work. While it is rewarding work, it is time-intensive and can be emotionally exhausting. Oftentimes, non-teaching friends can envy what appears to be an easy schedule, ending at 3:00, and...

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Angela Watson's Truth for Teachers Podcast: 5 Total Participation Techniques to make every student an active learner!

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