To the moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, guardians, foster parents, and everyone who takes on the task of raising the former, present, and future students in my classroom.
The Teach Like a Champion philosophies work in any classroom, whether you're teaching reading, writing, math and science, or music, art and PE.
The Solstice is the beginning of a season but also the beginning of that season's end. What seasons are beginning and ending in your teaching?
The first step to respond to challenging behavior has nothing to do with the student. It starts with me.
Teachers are amazing people who are fabulous at taking care of others but utter flunks at taking care of themselves.
When I was a teenager, I had a poster on the wall of my room by Robert Fulghum titled "All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten." It told me to play fair, take a nap every afternoon, and hold hands when I go out in the world. During sleepless nights, I would... Continue Reading →
Raising a toddler is a daily experience of motivating a tiny person into doing what you want them to do. You can motivate your toddler through extrinsic motivation by offering prods, promises, or threats for accomplishing and performing certain tasks that you, as a parent, want them to do. Toddlers, though, are quite self-determined and... Continue Reading →
While staying at home with my infant son and toddler daughter, I have had many opportunities to see motivational theories in action in non-school settings. Specifically, I have noticed beliefs about abilities in the characters of the three Kung Fu Panda movies, which my daughter requests almost daily. In each of the three movies, the... Continue Reading →