No Screaming: Classroom Management Strategies That Work

Screaming can be an effective classroom management strategy if your goal is to get scared children to obey your words. It also could cause students to revolt. Why do we do it? We scream because we’re upset. We scream because it’s effective... well the first few times. The other day I led a group of [...]

Another Ugly Side of School Bullying: Its Effect on Achievement

These days, bullying can be a child’s worse nightmare. It is no secret that harassment among students is becoming a more and more rampant problem in contemporary public schools. Yet, how precisely does it influence a student’s academic achievement? Kids can Be Cruel Boys will be boys and girls will be girls is exactly the [...]

Making STEM Matter in Schools

I just got back from a fascinating conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report. I was compelled by the idea of making STEM matter in schools; as a middle school teacher, I know this is the prime time to hook kids into STEM. This is the [...]