The Power of Relationships

When you think of that one teacher who made the biggest impact on your life, I'm sure you are thinking about someone who took precious teaching time to build a relationship with you. Someone who made you feel special. Someone who saw you. My most influential teacher was my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Tom Frazier. … Continue reading The Power of Relationships


There’s No Magic in Teaching

"Why are you here?" This simple, yet powerfully direct question was posed by 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, to state teachers of the year from around the country during the National Teacher of the Year Induction Program earlier this month. To their surprise, the uncertainty of answering this question connected them … Continue reading There’s No Magic in Teaching

8 Snooze-Proof Tricks You Can’t Afford to Teach Without!

While finishing up some shopping, I witnessed food court employees desperately trying to persuade customers to dine at their competing restaurants. It reminded me of what it feels like to compete for my students’ attention and interests. I know that if my students do not have a genuine interest in what they’re learning, the learning … Continue reading 8 Snooze-Proof Tricks You Can’t Afford to Teach Without!