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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: 

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...

How to get your students to talk online

Building rich class discussions is HARD!  And in a virtual environment, getting students to click that “unmute” button can feel nearly impossible!   If you feel like you’re just talking to yourself in Zoom and spending far too much energy coaxing one-word responses from your st...

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