Teaching Teamwork in 10 Minutes: The Birds Activity

The first week of school is a powerful time to set norms, and one of the most important norms in a collaborative classroom is valuing others’ perspectives on teams. There are lots of great activities out there – for example, lost at sea or the marshmallow challenge – but when you run a chaotic, project-based…… Continue reading Teaching Teamwork in 10 Minutes: The Birds Activity

WOOP: Motivating Goals for You and Your Students

What’s the difference between a goal that’s just written on paper and a goal you actually achieve? Whether you’re thinking about your personal goals for the next school year, or how to help your students write goals, using a framework helps define goals to make them more attainable. You’ve probably heard of SMART goals, so…… Continue reading WOOP: Motivating Goals for You and Your Students

How I’m Implementing Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit in My Classroom

What could one author’s quest to avoid his afternoon cookie teach us about habit building in the classroom? Last spring, I read Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, a narrative-rich and comprehensive look at the brain science behind habit formation. And I started to think about how we use the word “habit” in our classrooms.…… Continue reading How I’m Implementing Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit in My Classroom