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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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One simple strategy to make learning valuable

“Why do we have to learn this?” “When am I ever going to use this?” You might dread hearing these questions, but our students are simply seeking to find value in their learning.  As an adult, I feel the same.  I have little patience to pu...

The secret to helping students feel like they BELONG

Educators, let me ask you a question: Where do you feel you most BELONG? At a coffee shop catching up with a friend? In the garden? Reading bedtime stories to your kids? In your classroom? I'm going to guess this is also the place where you feel confident trying new th...

Three ways to gain students’ trust

As our students head back to the classroom, emotions can run high, cycling between excitement and fear.  From the moment they first walk into the classroom, students are evaluating teacher credibility, consciously or unconsciously asking: 

Creative Problem Solving Strategy: Walk and Talk

What it is

This partner strategy allows students to work together to solve a problem or respond to a question. Students walk around the room while having a structured talk with a partner, providing an opportunity to move and process their learning.   Repeated re...

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