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Teaching With Purpose

How to Thoughtfully Implement Evidence-Based Practices in Your Classroom

Built on seven well-researched teaching principles, this practical resource outlines how to purposefully and intentionally cultivate a learning environment conducive to the success of every student. Use these evidence-based practices and instructional strategies for successful classroom management.


  • Create a classroom based on learning and equality through evidence-based practices.
  • Develop strong instructional strategies and classroom management skills.
  • Implement formative assessments into everyday studies for student success.
  • Understand the importance of perseverance and grit in the classroom setting.
  • Acquire best practices for fostering a learning environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Conceptualizing the Classroom as an Ecosystem
Chapter 2: Establishing and Communicating Learning Goals
Chapter 3: Incorporating Strategic Teaching and Learning
Chapter 4: Improving Classroom Management
Chapter 5: Conducting Regular Formative Assessment
Chapter 6: Employing Differentiated Instruction for All Students
Chapter 7: Developing Grit and Perseverance in Yourself and in Your Students
Epilogue: We are the Changemakers



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Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7



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