Almost 13 years ago when I started my professional speaking business, I heard a great speaker name Rick Segel Link to Rick’s Website talk about the 4% rule. Since that very day, it is something that I have always tried to live by. The 4% rule is simply this… If you are giving your best effort, your 100%, […]Read more "Illegitimi non carborundum – The 4%"
One habit that I now use as a best practice is standing just outside my classroom door, every class, every day, as my students are walking out the door. A simple pleasant “Have a great day.” “Thanks for coming.” “Have an awesome weekend.” “Be safe this weekend.” This is what I like to call teacher […]Read more "Door Standing – The One Week Challenge"
Students from our Ornithology class birding outside of the classroom. 2/27/17 Scituate, MA With the coming of the beautiful weather and turning the corner to spring, I hope you will consider getting your students outside for a change of venue and enhanced learning experience. There is plenty of supportive evidence that is out […]Read more "Get students outside, somehow!"
A number of years ago I started playing music before my students walk into my high school classroom, just to alleviate the awkwardness and angst that is sometimes associated with walking into class on the first day. Over the years, I have now continued to use it before every class, every day. When I go […]Read more "Music Will Change Your Classroom"