Posts by Jennifer
The Trouble with “Amazing”: Giving Praise that Matters
If you’re trying to motivate someone—a student, an employee, your child—calling them amazing won’t pump them up the way you hope it will. Not in any lasting way. What’s worse, it could have the opposite effect.
Are You Making the Most of Your Interactive Whiteboard?
Interactive whiteboards are a fixture in many classrooms, but are teachers taking advantage of all they have to offer? Here are some ways to improve your use.
Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes
Do you have a mountain of student writing to grade? A pile of extended responses that have been sitting in your passenger seat for a week? Do you wish you had more time to give students better feedback?
What Teachers Really Think About Principals
Regardless of what you believe about your performance as an administrator, this survey makes one thing clear: Your teachers aren’t telling you everything.
When a Student Hates You
I share these stories because I suspect you have also had moments you’re not proud of, stories you’ve never told anyone; I want you to know you’re not alone.
The 5-Second Solution for a Talkative Class
When I observe teachers, I see one small, specific problem more often than anything else. If they fixed it, they would notice an instant difference in how well their classes go.
Turn YouTube into a Classroom with PlayPosit
You know the Internet is loaded with great videos. But holding students accountable for watching is a challenge. Without standing right over students, how do you know if they’re really watching?
How to Use the Concept Attainment Strategy
I like this strategy because it really involves students in their own learning. Instead of just delivering the information to them, you’re helping them discover it on their own. Also, it’s captivating — a mystery to solve! — which is far more likely to engage students.