Engaging the Disengaged, Number Eight: Teacher Talk Part One, To Praise or Not to Praise

This is part one of a two-part series on the importance of using teacher talk to engage our students.

During my last and best years of teaching in public schools, I was paid to be delighted by some of my favorite people: adolescents. Because of the emotional nature of these fine middle school friends, I was privileged to learn and grow more than in any other time in my life. Because...

Engaging the Disengaged, Number Seven

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...