Making the Intangible Tangible

If you follow professional sports, you may have heard commentators say something like, “That player has many intangibles that make him/her great at the game.” What it means is the player has something a little extra special in his/her performance, ability, or understanding of the game that is difficult to qualify and quantify. In the … Continue reading Making the Intangible Tangible

Showing Care in the Classroom

Students want you to care, and they have developed a sense of whether or not a teacher truly cares based upon their prior experiences with adults in and out of school.  Researchers Jamia M. Thomas-Richmond and M. Caroline O’Quinn conducted a study to determine student’s perceptions of caring and respect. They published their findings in … Continue reading Showing Care in the Classroom

Creating A Communicative Climate

Students frequently engage in energetic chatter within the classroom; however, that chatter is often idle. A wise teacher will channel student energy and dialogue in meaningful ways. Authors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey suggest the following to create a classroom that is “driven by discussion, rather than distraction” (Fisher, D. & Frey, N. (2014). Speaking … Continue reading Creating A Communicative Climate

Be Prepared!

Children who live in chronic states of stress and trauma often have difficulty coping. In many instances, they respond by creating chaos, because they are trying to control their environment. By creating a disruption, the students are moving their attention away from what is causing them stress and focusing their attention on something external. In … Continue reading Be Prepared!