The Answer

September 02, 2014

Perks & Pitfalls of Classroom Incentive Systems

By Petra Claflin

​We all want our students to be intrinsically motivated and participating enthusiastically in every task simply because they are excited about learning. In truth, though, almost everyone needs a little external motivation sometimes to get them excited or make them feel appreciated for their efforts... READ MORE

August 29, 2014

​On Leadership: Trust is a Leadership Currency

By Dustin Peterson, Director of Leadership Development

Trust moves people. Said another way, people don’t move until they trust you.   At the end of July, I attended a camp for 150 teenage girls as a youth leader. My job was to manage the ropes course, meaning I strapped myself to a belaying rope and supported girls as they climbed 25-foot walls,... READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Checks for Understanding

By Petra Claflin

When we’re in the middle of a lesson, it can be hard to tell if everyone is ‘getting it.’ Can we really trust a thumbs-up to mean they understand? And what about during discussions or complex tasks when it’s not easy to assess with a quick question or two. Checks for understanding (CFU’s) can be... READ MORE

August 22, 2014

Engaging Lesson Openings - 6 Tips + 1 Caveat

By Petra Claflin

How you open your lesson can have a big impact on whether your students start out excited about it or bored from the beginning. The goal of your opening, or ‘hook,’ is to communicate to students what they’re doing and why it’s important. However, you also want it to engage them and be ‘sticky’ so... READ MORE

August 19, 2014

​Time Management for Teachers

By Petra Claflin

Now that school has started for many of us, it’s a great time to think strategically about how we’re spending our time so that we don’t find ourselves drowning in deadlines and forgotten to-do’s before too long. To tackle this topic, we’re going to once again look to The Together Teacher by Maia... READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Classroom Not Running Smoothly? Four Common Culprits.

By Petra Claflin

We all have the perfect image of our classroom in our minds where students are deeply engaged with our material, everyone’s happy, and everything goes smoothly. In reality, though, we all have days with pockets of confusion and wasted time. If you’re new to teaching, this can happen pretty... READ MORE