Being Intentional

Being Intentional

Recently, I was engaged conversations with middle school teachers focused on strategies to effectively engage students to fully develop their knowledge, skills and dispositions across the spectrum of course content.  As we discussed evidence-based practices we...
A Player’s Coach and a Student’s Teacher

A Player’s Coach and a Student’s Teacher

I frequently hear on sports talk shows about the concept of a “players’ coach” implying that such a coach gets the most out of her/his players. It got me to wonder if this concept of a player’s coach can be applied to the type of teacher that gets the most out of...
Ponder

Ponder

Several years ago, with my colleague Rich Cardillo we met with several Queens, New York elementary school students asking them to share what happens in their school and classroom to support their learning.  One of the students shared that she “really needs time to...
Willing to Be

Willing to Be

I frequently refer to Margaret J. Wheatley’s article Willing to be Disturbed in which she makes the case for us “to have our beliefs and ideas challenged by what others think.” Wheatley makes the case that “change starts with confusion: cherished interpretations must...