Engaging the Disengaged, Number Six

Is Calling on Hands An Archaic Practice?

Many years ago, I can remember long lectures given by my teachers that were only interrupted by the calling on hands to see if anyone knew the correct answer to some question. I also remember being thankful that the same three or four students continually saved us by raising their hands while the rest of us continued to enjoy our day dreams. For...

Engaging the Disengaged, Number Five

Strength Based Teaching

[W]hat would happen if teachers were as vigilant about looking for signs of brilliance as they are in finding the mistakes: What if teachers went on the hunt for strengths before spotting the deficiencies? What if we switched the deficiency model that too often reigns in classrooms to the...

Engaging the Disengaged, Number Four

How do we engage a diverse group of adolescents? Individualized Daily Reading (IDR), that’s how!

In 2010 I was given a class that included the four unique students described below along with eleven other struggling readers. The mission was to catch these students up in four half-hour sessions per week. While not all caught up, the average grew two years as documented by our assessments....