I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in late August, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past five years. You can see all those collections from the first four years here.
Here are the ones I’ve posted so far:
Today’s theme is on Student Motivation & Social Emotional Learning. You can see the list following this excerpt from one of them:
I interview Paul Tough about his second book on Social Emotional Learning.
This post includes contributions from David Yeager, Debbie Zacarian, Peter DeWitt, and Barbara Blackburn, along with comments from readers.
Eduardo Briceño, Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz share their thoughts.
This post features commentaries from Pernille Ripp, Sean Ruday, Jacqueline Darvin, Daniel Rechtschaffen, and Heidi Mills.
Jenny Edwards, Jennifer Fletcher, Mary Tedrow, Barry Saide, William Himmele and Pérsida Himmele contribute their ideas on how to practically implement reflection in the classroom.
This post post features responses from Kristine Mraz, Christine Hertz, Ebony O. McGee, Ron Berger, Thomas Hoerr and Dave Stuart Jr.
This post includes contributions from Bryan Harris, Ben Spielberg, Mike Anderson, Gravity Goldberg and Barbara Blackburn.
Andrew Miller, Barry Saide, Sara Truebridge, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Trevor Bryan, and William Dikel share their responses.
Educators Vicki Davis, Rusul Alrubail, Laura Cabrera and Dana Dusbiber contribute their suggestions.
William & Pérsida Himmele, Jennifer Gonzalez and Karen Lirenman share their ideas.
Sean McComb, P.J. Caposey, Cindi Rigsbee, A. William Place, Jennifer Fredricks and several readers contribute their thoughts on the topic.
Educators Andre Perry, Sara Ahmed, Kristine Mraz, Sean Slade, and Mai Xi Lee provide responses.
This post includes guest responses from Jennifer Fredricks, Aubrie Rojee, April Baker, Beth Donofrio, and Louis Cozolino.
Patricia Vitale-Reilly, Ken Halla, Zaretta Hammond, Barbara Blackburn and Heidi Weinmann write their responses.
ReLeah Lent, Barry Gilmore, Nancy Steineke, Michael Opitz, Michael Ford, and Eric Jensen all share their thoughts on the topic.
Responses in this column come from Julia Thompson, Myron Dueck, Bryan Harris, and Debbie Silver.
* Ways To Cultivate Whole-Class Engagement
Vice-Principal Jim Peterson, educators/authors William & Pérsida Himmele and I share our ideas on getting all students in class participating more all the time.
This post has an impressive “line-up” with guest responses from Cris Tovani, Josh Stumpenhorst and Eric Jensen.
This post post another “all-star” line-up of guests: Maurice J. Elias, Stevi Quate and Cindi Rigsbee, and includes an intriguing chart I made with Google’s Ngram Viewer.
Educators Jason Flom and Barbara Blackburn contribute their thoughts, along with many comments from readers.
Educators Debbie Silver, Jason Flom, David B. Cohen and I share out commentaries on if and how “character” should be taught in schools.
This post features contributions from Maurice J. Elias, Dr. Sherrel Bergmann, Dr. Judith Brough, and Thomas R. Hoerr.
This post shares a guest response from Lester L. Laminack, educator and author, as well as many comments from readers. I’ve also included another interesting Ngram Viewer chart.
Daniel Coyle is the author of The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. and its sequel, The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills. Many educators have read and applied aspects of his book to the classroom (as I have), and he agreed to answer a few questions.
This column post includes comments from Margaret A. Seale, Maurice J. Elias, Heather Wolpert-Gawron and Dr. Howie Knoff. I also share ideas contributed by readers.
Educators Jeffrey Benson, Christopher Lehman, and Barbara Blackburn share their responses.
David J. Shernoff, the preeminent researcher on directly applying the concept of “flow” to the K-12 classroom, provides the featured commentary here.
Educators Mark Barnes, Dr. Jeffrey Zoul, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, and Marsha Ratzel share their thoughts (along with multiple comments from readers).
Acclaimed author Daniel Pink answers several of my questions here.
Professor Carol Dweck and Dr. Lisa Blackwell, the co-founder of the organization designed to help schools be more effective in helping students develop growth mindsets, are the co-authors of this guest response.
Several guests contribute their ideas to this topic, and I’d like to particularly highlight Bryan Goodwin’s response on “applying research on student motivation to teacher talk.”
Author Paul Tough responds to a number of my questions in this post.
Author/educator Debbie Silver and I make suggestions and observations.
Assistant Principal Jim Peterson and author Jim Anderson share their suggestions. Jim’s downloadable instructions for conducting “walk-and-talks” with students seemed to particularly strike a chord with readers.
Principal Chris Wejr and educator and author Jeff Wilhelm offer practical ideas on how to help students develop intrinsic motivation.
Best-selling authors Daniel Pink and Dan Ariely respond to the question -- with Ariely answering in a video.
Author Art Markman lists several ways teachers can help students develop better study habits.
Roy F. Baumeister, director of the social psychology program at Florida State University and co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength, describes his research on self-control as a “limited energy resource” and its classroom implications.
New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg, author of the new best-selling book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, shares his responses to my questions on how to apply his research to our work in schools.
Two guests with a great deal of experience with Social Emotional Learning write responses -- Maurice J. Elias, director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab and Tom Roderick, the executive director of Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.
I hope you’ve found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!
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