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Special Education Teachers: What Makes You Sing Like Taylor Swift?

April 26, 2017

Dear Special Education Teachers, why do you do it? You have to deal with loads of paperwork, angry parents, impossible state standards, and flack from administrators. Doesn’t it feel like you’re constantly swimming upstream? Teaching has become a job, not a passion. Schools are not a warm and fuzzy place anymore. The focus has changed…

Making the Shift from “Teacher” to “Coach” Pays Huge Dividends in the Classroom

July 8, 2014

When you decided to become a teacher, what visions did you have for your future? Was it an inspirational tale of you awakening minds? “Ah-hah” moments from students spread throughout each day? Perhaps you were inspired by a movie, like: Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds, or Freedom Writers. Perhaps you instantly connected with those visions…

The Plight of Teachers in 2014

April 14, 2014

Last fall, Microsoft asked me to share some thoughts about changes in education. Naturally, about technology. But, as I explained below, the cascading effect of technology on students will have an impact on teachers…. For the better! Like many educators, Susan Kruger was inspired to help students through her own school experience. Kruger struggled to…

My Worst Year of Teaching!

August 3, 2011

 I recently spoke with a young teacher from Minnesota; she said something that resonated deeply within me. This young woman had signed up for an “Ask the Author” session over a product question. However, as we spoke, she made a striking comment. “I am trying my best, but many parents want to blame everything on me!” Her voice cracked…

Keeping Education Current – With the World’s Oldest Strategy

August 3, 2011

How DO We Make Learning More Relevant? One way to bridge this gap is to illustrate the connections between what our students are learning and how that information will help them in “the real world.” As you explain these connections, stories will emerge and students love stories! Watch the body language of students change as…

Why Teachers Feel So Ineffective!

August 3, 2011

“A good teacher is a self-abuser!” One of my grad-school professors said this in class years ago. I was still teaching full-time and his words pierced right through me! “Yes!” I thought, “that is so right!” I came home every day, frustrated that I didn’t get to something I wanted to cover that day or…

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