choice theory

Waiting for Superman – Using Misinformation to Create Perception – part 1

As someone who provides staff development workshops to educators, I figured it was important to see Waiting for Superman, a film that harshly criticizes traditional public schools and champions charter schools. Although I was employed for 34 years in a … Continue reading

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choice theory

Waiting for Superman – Using Misinformation to Create Perception

I wrote a piece last week about Waiting for Superman, the movie that harshly criticizes traditional public schools and argues that charter schools provide the best chance to create a quality educational experience for students. I found the movie disturbing … Continue reading

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choice theory

A Cultural Lesson Learned

I had the pleasure of working with a school in New Zealand yesterday. This particular school has been studying and applying Choice Theory for a number of years. The topic yesterday was “Continuing the Journey.” In addition to the school … Continue reading

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curriculum

Helping Low-Achieving Students Succeed

Teaching low-achieving students requires understanding and a specific set of skills from an educator. According to McREL, there are six classroom strategies that benefit traditionally low-achieving students. These strategies are: 1. Whole classroom instruction – This is where, “the teacher … Continue reading

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brain

Peer Pressure and the Young Adult’s Brain

Throughout life there are many times when outside influences change or influence decision-making. The young child has inner motivation to learn and explore, but as he matures, finds outside sources to be a motivating force for development, as well. Along … Continue reading

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Brain Based Learning

Using Natural Learning to Teach Basic Math

One way to substantially raise standards across the board is to identify and tap into learning capacities of students that are not already being used. Natural learning (formerly “brain based learning” as we originally defined it) is beautifully positioned to provide guidance. The reason? Natural learning takes for granted that… Read More


Brain Based Learning

The Three Elements of Great Teaching

The 12 Brain/Mind Learning Principles describe several processes that are all happening at the same time.  The body is active.  Senses are engaged.  Students are searching for meaning and trying to understand.  The way that they connect with others powerfully influences what they are thinking and feeling.  And so on.… Read More


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