Category Archives for "Teaching"

Oct 17

Great Expectations

Expectations , Teaching

I mean, not many people will argue with the idea that “all children can learn.”And yet…Do you ever secretly worry sometimes that maybe there are some students who can’t learn or at least can’t succeed at high levels?Have you ever met a student in whom it was difficult to believe?I bet if we’re honest, we’ve […]

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Oct 10

A Tale of Two Teachers

Expectations , Teaching

I want to tell you a story about two teachers. Both were my professors my first semester in graduate school.Both teachers were brilliant researchers and writers, both were highly engaging teachers, and both were likable human beings.And, I was failing both of their classes.It wasn’t that I wasn’t trying. I worked really hard, attended class, […]

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May 02

Bad Advice

Teaching

All of us can use a little advice. But there is a lot of bad advice out there. Below are the top 5 worst pieces of advice given to teachers we’ve heard.Bad Advice # 1: You Need a Teaching Make-Over. Whenever you struggle in one area of your teaching, it is tempting to attempt a […]

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Nov 29

One-size-fits-all Support Doesn’t Work

Teaching

One of my first contracts as a consultant was to design a support plan for teachers who were struggling to teach Advanced Placement courses for non-traditional AP students. Many of these students had never taken an AP course before and were really struggling with the rigorous material and the fast pace of the course.It’s something […]

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Nov 08

Are You Ever Bored By Your Own Lessons?

Teaching

It’s happened to the best of us. We teach a lesson because the curriculum guide demands it. But we don’t find the lesson particularly interesting and we have a hard time finding ways to make it engaging to our students. We just can’t seem to “sell it.” We get through the lesson but the truth […]

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