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One simple strategy to improve student effort

This research-supported mental strategy helps students, as well as adults, to set goals, improve effort, and overcome challenges in order to make meaningful change. W.O.O.P., developed by researcher Gabrielle Oettingen, stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan.

The case for accepting late work

The new year is a great time to reflect and make adjustments to our instruction, classroom management, and grading practices.  Accepting late work without academic penalty helps students focus on learning and develops mastery.


Help students say goodbye to test anxiety

Stress and anxiety might start surging for you and your student this time of year, so try out these three simple, research-supported strategies to reduce stress and test anxiety and actually boost academic performance!


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Are you grading for learning or points?

As the semester winds down and you prepare to submit final grades, you may find yourself grading piles of papers while students attempt to turn in late work at the final hour.  This can be stressful and overwhelming and does little to improve learning. It doesn't have to be this way! If you are feeling the end-of-the-marking-period crunch, here ...

Is PBL more than “doing projects”?

While supports the benefits of project-based learning (or PBL), it’s not entirely without criticism. PBL is sometimes confused with "doing projects": fun activities at the end of a unit that are often disconnected from content standards and curriculum. PBL is also accused of taking a heavily constructivist approach to learning, and some crit...

Begin Again: 3 Ways to Harness the Power of Beginnings in your Classroom

Have you ever wondered why so many of us make New Year’s resolutions?  I mean, there are 365-ish days per year and any one of them is just as good as another for making a meaningful life change.  So why are Google searches for the word “diet” 82% higher on January 1 than on a typical day? Dan Pink, in his recent book...

Digital Discussions

What is it?

A digital discussion forum is a great alternative to in-class discussions.  Students type their responses, and all students in the class can view and respond to each other’s posts. I will share additional ways you can use a digital discussion below. 

Four tips for wrapping up the school year

The end of the school year can have teachers and students feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Here are four tips for thriving--not just surviving--in the final days of the school year.


As the calendar starts speeding toward June, we as educators have a tendenc...

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