Make Your Classroom A Greenhouse

I have a buddy in the greenhouse business. They design and build structures of all shapes and sizes to accommodate the needs of customers all around the country. Flowers, vegetables, grasses, and trees can safely grow year-round because the company creates spaces that maintain ideal conditions for growth in spite of the environment outside of … Continue reading Make Your Classroom A Greenhouse

Neuroscience and Growth Mindset

I find the human brain to be incredibly fascinating. It has been said that there are more than 86 billion neurons in the human brain, and learning actually changes the shape of the brain and the neural pathways. There have been a number of studies regarding how the neurons fire while learning takes place, and … Continue reading Neuroscience and Growth Mindset

Make SEL Intentional

One of my most vivid memories from high school is related to a teacher who completely lost his cool.  Our class was being quite unruly, and our poor teacher just came unglued with screaming and yelling and such.  He certainly got our attention when he slammed his arm down on a cabinet to get us … Continue reading Make SEL Intentional

Using Supportive Language

Words matter greatly.  They have remarkable power to build up or tear down.  This is especially true in the classroom setting.  In the book Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools authors William Parrett and Kathleen Budge encourage teachers to use language that supports academic learning development of self-control, and builds community (p. 144).  Some specific … Continue reading Using Supportive Language

Supporting the Development of Student Identity and Agency

Student identity (the sense of who the person is) and agency (the sense of capability to act independently) is continually growing and changing. As classroom teachers, we have the ability to undertake actions that will help positively influence student identity and agency. In their book All Learning Is Social And Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential … Continue reading Supporting the Development of Student Identity and Agency