Differentiation and the Brain: Learning from Neuroscience to Teach More Effectively

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Based on Differentiation and the Brain

Like many teachers, Diego’s first year as a teacher was a blur. Most of his energy was spent on preparation for the next day. He was always tired and seldom felt organized, in spite of his attempts to use his time wisely. When he found a spare moment to reflect on how things were going in his classroom, it was nearly always in the moments just after he went to bed. Reflection lost out to exhaustion, and he fell asleep before he could gather his thoughts. Read more

Use positive feedback rather than negative thinking

What Will Your Verse Be?: Using Intellectual Humility to Foster Student Agency

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“‘O Me! O Life! … life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.’ What will your verse be?” (Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams)

Developing student agency begins with a tiny kernel of inspiration, such as this moving query to the young boys in Dead Poets Society. These words are magical. It assumes each one of the boys in the huddle can and will have “a verse” all his own. In fact, for some, that very moment sets them on a journey they have yet to realize. Read more

New Teachers, This One Is for You

This One’s for You, Beginning Teachers

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Based on The Beginning Teacher’s Field Guide: Embarking on Your First Years.

Hey, new and beginning teachers, I see you and I celebrate you, because guess what? You’re still here! And that is something to be very proud of. Did you find yourself wondering if you’d make it this far? Did November hit you like a Mack truck that continued to run you over again and again and then again all through December? I get it. I remember. I’ve been there. And I’m proud of you for surviving what is notoriously known as the Disillusionment Phase (Moir, 1999) of your first year (or so) of teaching. Read more