Month: August 2016


Classroom Environment Part 3: Intellectually Inviting

When I went through my teacher training, back in the Pleistocene age, the hot trends were whole language (which I’m not going to discuss here) and self-esteem (which I am going to discuss here).

To promote self-esteem entire courses and curriculums were developed around helping kids feel good about themselves. There was a big focus on “leveling the playing field” and helping all kids feel successful by removing obstacles, challenges, and competition. This trend backfired (as so many do). It backfired […]

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