Advice for Teachers Who Try Hard but Feel Hopeless

A few days ago when taking votes for my next ebook, I received a response from someone who I’ll call “Rachel.” She wrote a heart-rending message that I’m guessing literally thousands of Teaching the Core readers can relate to (details changed to protect Rachel’s anonymity): Dave, I’ve been teaching high school for close to 25 years, [...]

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Using the Efficient “Take a Stand” Strategy to Hook Kids into a Reading

Let me just start out with this: Erica Beaton (of b10lovesbooks.wordpress.com / #seekthebalance / my nextdoor teacher neighbor fame) introduced me to this strategy (her version is much more sophisticated — see her explanation in the comments), and I’ve also seen something like it accredited to George Hillocks in Michael Smith, Deborah Appleman’s, and Jeffrey Wilhelm’s book [...]

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