Category Archives for "Teaching"

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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Nov 05

Sustaining Your Motivation as a Teacher

Teaching

We spend a lot of time talking about how to motivate our students, but we hardly spend any time talking about out own motivation.And that’s a shame, because after working with thousands of teachers over the years, I’ve learned a really important truth about motivation:Unmotivated people can’t motivate anyone.Think about it. If you are exhausted, […]

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Jun 28

5 Books You Should be Reading This Summer 2017 Edition

Teaching

Every summer we compile a list of 5 interesting books outside of education that we believe every educator should be reading. This year’s list is one of our most eclectic with books from the world of manufacturing, business development, literature, finance, and personal development. Take a look at the list and then add your own […]

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Building Master Teachers
Jun 14

My New Word

Teaching

In my last post, I talked about how important it is to understand what your word is. Your word is your purpose distilled down to a single word that defines why you do what you do. It’s your own personal why.In years past, my word has been Options and Mastery. But as my role has […]

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Jun 07

What’s your word?

Teaching

Can I be honest about something? I hate most core values exercises. It’s not that they are inherently bad. It’s that they usually render the core values we wish we had or the core values we think we should have. They rarely help us see the core values we actually have.A simpler and ultimately more […]

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May 31

Why We Do What We Do

Teaching

It’s graduation season and every year during this time, I think about Fran. Fran was a student in my junior English class many years ago. She was bright and funny and chatty and sweet, but she was also failing. It wasn’t that she wasn’t working hard. She worked really hard to do well in my […]

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