The Power Zone: Reference to Fundamental Five

Teachers must work the room. Before I begin with the tenets of “The Power Zone,” coined by Cain and Laird (2011), authors of Fundamental Five, allow me to intercept my thoughts on the power zone, which I relate as “working the room.” Teachers must be proactive in engaging their students from beginning of class instructionContinue reading “The Power Zone: Reference to Fundamental Five”

How to Learn on Purpose

How to Learn on Purpose: Fundamental Five Below are the Key Components of FSGPT (frequent small group purposeful talk): FSGPT frequent small group purposeful talk is a practice that allows up to four students to talk about an assignment after the teacher has provided instruction on the topic of assignment. Many students appreciate talking withContinue reading “How to Learn on Purpose”

How to Write Critically: Fundamental Five

Let’s be honest. Many students do not understand how to write. Many students shun writing. Many students despise school because of writing. The research is proof. Look for it. The experience in the classroom is also the proof: Ask any teacher. Authors of Fundamental Five—Sean Cain and Mike Laird (2011)—argue that teachers do not allowContinue reading “How to Write Critically: Fundamental Five”

How to Recognize Academics and Reinforce Behavior: Fundamental Five

How Recognition and Reinforcement Make Sense Recognize and Reinforce, as it posits in the Fundamental Five, a book written by Sean Cain and Mike Laird (2011), is essential to student achievement. The authors reveal that there are two sides of learning, and the sides are academic issues and behavior issues. As a teacher, I agreeContinue reading “How to Recognize Academics and Reinforce Behavior: Fundamental Five”

How to Apply Performance Based Learning to Instruction

How to Apply Performance Based Learning to Instruction It’s time for students to realize that they can take control of their own learning. No longer must they be spoon fed every step of the way by their teachers before they can successfully complete a particular assignment. Instead, students may receive only a general idea about aContinue reading “How to Apply Performance Based Learning to Instruction”

How to Teach Students with Specific Learning Disorder

How to Teach Students with Specific Learning Disorders Chalice sashays into Doc’s classroom and begins to complain about a student, even though school has been in session for only a week. “I am so tired of my student, Carl, getting in and out of his seat and running his mouth while I am teaching myContinue reading “How to Teach Students with Specific Learning Disorder”

How to Motivate Staff the Democratic Way

How to Motivate Staff the Democratic Way Research postulates that compared to the other many leadership styles, “democratic leadership” tends to be the most effective style when motivating subordinates to perform their duties. Democratic leadership, also known as participative leadership or shared leadership, is a type of leadership that employees take a more “hands-on approach”Continue reading “How to Motivate Staff the Democratic Way”

What It Takes to be Curriculum and Instruction Director

What It Takes to be Curriculum and Instruction Director “Hey, Doc! Just got back from my interview for the Curriculum’s position!” “Wow, that’s fabulous, Jana. How did the interview go?” “It went well. The Superintendent—Interviewer— wanted to know if I fully understood the duties of a curriculum director. Of course, I have no direct experience, yetContinue reading “What It Takes to be Curriculum and Instruction Director”

Self-Studying Learning Strategies

Self-Studying Learning Strategies Of course, students need to study the periodic table, important events in history, and basic functions of math. Likewise, students need to understand how to acquire information without expecting teachers to instruct lessons on a continuous basis. Students may employ life-learning strategies to appreciate their independence for learning. Three helpful learning strategiesContinue reading “Self-Studying Learning Strategies”

Why Supreme Court Reveals It’s Okay for Students to Grade Papers

Why Supreme Court Reveals It’s Okay for Students to Grade Papers “Hi, Doc—Report cards go out next Wednesday!” “Hi, Byron!  Yes, next Wednesday. Have you entered grades in the computer, yet?” “No, I have not. . . Waiting to hear back from a parent who complained that my grades are not valid because I allow other studentsContinue reading “Why Supreme Court Reveals It’s Okay for Students to Grade Papers”