Although the effect teachers have on student behavior is crystal clear, the way in which teachers elicit the kind of behavior they want from students often appears elusive—especially to those…Continue
Why don’t our students love to read? Well, use your imagination and pretend you’re a student. You’ve only been reading for seven to twelve years—and most of what you’ve read has been assigned and…Continue
I've always believed that the way my classroom looks and feels is a reflection of my personality and teaching style. Unlike cluttered classrooms, cheerful, well-organized learning spaces inspire me,…Continue
"I call everyone 'Darling' because I can't remember their names."
-Zsa Zsa Gabor
A few years ago, my fledgling kid brother walked into his first class at Central Michigan University. It was in one of those stadium-sized lecture halls—you know the kind: a wall of vertical-sliding chalkboards and a…
How many times have you said something about public speaking or your reluctance to give speeches and had someone come right back with the threadbare cliché about how “one study” found that “the average person fears public speaking more than death?”
Who conducted this study,…Continue