Setting Growth Goals

If you’ve spent any time in the personal development arena, you will see a multiplicity of references to setting goals and growth. Many of those references put goals and growth at differing ends of the spectrum making each appear as a mutually exclusive aim. The truth of the matter is that both can peacefully coexist … Continue reading Setting Growth Goals

High Yield Strategy: Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback

My household is a place where food is important (as you can probably attest by my girth).  Each weekend, we plan a menu for the upcoming week.  Based upon that menu, we prepare a list of grocery needs.  I write the grocery list down, and many times I write the list based upon departments and … Continue reading High Yield Strategy: Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback

Unleash the Power of Cooperative Learning

If you’re a fan of television sitcoms, you might recall the show “Home Improvement.” The lead character, Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, had a penchant seeking out bigger, faster, and stronger tools. His catchphrase was, “More power!” Most of his attempts to upgrade his tools were successful . . . at least a short period … Continue reading Unleash the Power of Cooperative Learning

Brain Building

Many people have probably heard someone say they were “right brained” or “left brained.” While it is true that some portions of the brain are more active during some processes, advances in medical imaging have shown that the entire brain is engaged at some level in all processing. Such a finding, coupled with the knowledge … Continue reading Brain Building

The Goldilocks “Just Right” Paradigm in Classrooms

In the classic tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Goldilocks searches for the “just right” porridge, chair, and bed. Upon finding that which was most satisfying, Goldilocks happily undertakes eating, sitting, and resting. Within each of our students (and ourselves!) is a cognitive “just right” for undertaking learning tasks. If a task is too easy, … Continue reading The Goldilocks “Just Right” Paradigm in Classrooms


Collaboration is an integral part of project based teaching and learning. At times it is difficult for students to find their place within the project team. In her book Project Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning Experiences, author Suzie Boss shares a simple assessment – SING – students can use (with the … Continue reading SING!