Professional Articles

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“Seven strategies for building positive classrooms”


The case for teachers spending time “with focused instruction to build (students’) background knowledge.”

Collaboration Among Colleagues

This article includes 4 tools to use with groups of teachers gathered to collaborate and learn together: Storyboard, Thinking Lenses, Four-Step Reflection Process, and Success Analysis Protocol.


“How conversations can change educators’ and students’ lives.”

Digital Learners in the 21st Century

Why students say they are bored in our classes and what happens when we involve them in decision-making in their education.


From the June, 2013, issue of the Just for the ASKing! newsletter, by Bruce Oliver:  “With a tip of the hat to comedian Jeff Foxworthy, who is widely known for his “you might be… if…” comedy routines, (within the article above,) you will see a series of statements that begin with “You might be digitally literate if…” that provides insights, ideas, suggestions, and possible next steps we can take to continue to develop our own digital literacy.”

Formative Assessment_october_2012

Frequently asked questions regarding formative assessment, including “What specifically is formative assessment?”; “Should formative assessments be included in a student’s report card grade?; …”what are some strategies we can use?” This article includes a list of 13 formative assessment strategies you can implement now!


The case for moving away from lecture and towards 21st Century learning, student self-reflection, and even using cell phones as learning tools.


Learn your students’ interests and passions and help them acquire authentic motivation to learn.


How to help students be prepared for the real world.


Successfully increase students’ vocabulary.


Strategies to help you listen fully.

Math Careers

From the May, 2013, Stenhouse NEWSLINKS, Stenhouse Publishers:” The web is full of evidence that a strong math background is required for many great careers. For example, this Wall Street Journal article lists the “best jobs” to have. Mathematically-rich careers were 16 of the top 20, and mathematicians topped the list.”


This article is about “personalizing instruction, keeping an open mind, abandoning ineffective practices while adding new research-based approaches that improve instruction and learning.”

Quieting a Noisy Class

Check out this article delineating 30 strategies for getting students to listen when you are talking.


From the May, 2014, issue of the Just for the ASKing! newsletter, by Bruce Oliver: “Simplification: Use your limited time to plan and teach and not to send and respond to emails.” This is one of ten suggested ways to simplify our daily undertakings. A teacher-scenario/description precedes each suggested simplification. A good read with helpful advice, even though it refers to the Common Core instead of Standards of Learning…it is still applicable to all teachers!


Steps to successful teaching.


Learn how to create a safe and secure learning environment for all students.


…and how mentors can help.


Bruce Oliver, in his May, 2013, “Just for the ASKing” newsletter, ” reflects on what he sees as the belief systems we should use to guide our decisions and actions and asks leaders to step back and reflect on their own core values and how those impact their practice and the practice of their colleagues.”


“Quotes to ignite your leadership abilities and instructional prowess.”

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