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The Role of Trust in Teacher Evaluation

Unless there is a preponderance of evidence that a teacher is unwilling to learn, be coached, or to grow professionally – making dismissal is a real possibility – the sole purpose of any observation – informal observation, class walk-through, or formal evaluation – should be to help a teacher enhance instructional effectiveness. Continue reading

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Social-Emotional Learning: Identifying Emotions in Others

In a recent article, I focused on an essential aspect of EI (emotional intelligence): being able to accurately identify one’s emotions.  This article addresses why and how to teach young people to attune to others’ emotional states. Identifying and managing our own emotions is essential to our personal well-being and happiness. Accurately identifying… Read More


Social-Emotional Learning: Identifying Emotions in Ourselves

This article is a follow-up to “What is Social-Emotional Learning and Why Does It Matter,” (which defines SEL and explains the research-based benefits) and “Social-Emotional Learning: Be Emotionally Literate” (which explains how to teach students the prerequisite foundational knowledge.)  This article focuses on why and how to teach young people… Read More


Social-Emotional Learning: Be Emotionally Literate

Telling students, “Be respectful!” or “Be responsible!” and expecting them to immediately comply is as ludicrous as telling them, “Be literate!” and expecting them to instantly read; or “Be athletic!” and expecting them to promptly become strong and well-coordinated.  As everyone knows, in order to “be literate” one must learn… Read More

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