Can People Learn Willpower?

Spoiler: YES. I recently started reading Charles Duhigg's book, The Power of Habit (great read if you're interested in the topic), and it's gotten me thinking about how educators can use the principles of habit change and formation to positively influence learners' decision-making and self-discipline. In Chapter 5, "Starbucks and the Habit of Success," Duhigg highlights …

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Classroom Management in a Learner-Centered Classroom

Classroom management is a tricky subject. It's even trickier when attempting to give learners more voice and choice in a learner-centered classroom. How can a teacher control the classroom without taking autonomy and freedom away from learners? This is a question I've kept coming back to this school year. After listening to Jennifer Gonzalez's Cult of Pedagogy Podcast …

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A Classroom Full of Teachers: Leveraging Student Expertise

As part of reading workshop, I focus on conferring one on one with students, listening to their ideas and sharing teaching points as well as next steps they can take to improve their reading skills. One conference, in particular, taught me a lesson in empowering students to become teachers and push their own learning to …

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Catching Up

Hello all! It's been over FOUR MONTHS since my last post. A big part of why is because of how busy my summer was. A lot of exciting things have been happening, both personally and professionally. Personally, my summer consisted of getting a new car (out of necessity, unfortunately), moving, and, most importantly, getting engaged! …

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A Cringeworthy Memory…and What I’ve Learned Since

The past two weekends I've been at college graduations, one for my brother and one for my girlfriend's sister. (Congrats Jake and Kirst!) Sitting in those unceremoniously long ceremonies, I started to think about my own mindset shortly after I graduated... What Am I Doing With My Life? The year was 2012, and I was just …

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