Learning & Independence

What It Really Means To Have High Expectations – Education Article

It’s thrown around a lot. “You must have high expectations.” “High expectations are the key!” “Keep your expectations through the roof.” But what does it really mean? It seems obvious, but the term has been repeated so often and for so long that its true meaning has been diluted. Or lost altogether. Most teachers have only the vaguest idea. “It just means asking more of your students, right?” “It means communicating what you want, but at a high level.” “It…

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A Big Reason Why You May Be Struggling With Classroom Management – Education Article

There is a common trait among teachers who struggle with classroom management. Not every struggling teacher has it. The vast majority, however, do. I’ve mentioned this trait before and its effect on giving consequences. But the problems actually go much deeper. So deep, in fact, that they can infect everything from motivation to listening to how well your students enjoy being in your classroom. In most areas of life, it can be a wonderful trait—something you’d want in a best…

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A Little-Known Secret To Effective Teaching – Education Article

There is a secret to effective teaching very few teachers are aware of. It’s so secret, in fact, that I’ve never heard anyone speak of it. As far as I know, it’s never been written about. It’s never been touted by instructional coaches or been the subject of professional development trainings. It’s as if it doesn’t exist. In fact, the most common advice is its polar opposite. I’ve mentioned it myself in a few previous articles. But only in passing.…

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How To Strengthen Your Students’ Focus And Improve Behavior – Education Article

In this age of distraction . . . Of smartphones and Instagram. Of texting and Snapchat. Of clickbait and information overload. . . . being able to focus on one thing for an extended period of time is a superpower. It gives you a distinct advantage regardless of your field of endeavor. For today’s students, and in the years to come, single-tasking will be an even greater commodity. This is one reason why lengthy independent practice is a core principle…

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