Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion


Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

What Students Really Need to Hear [Video]

A high school teacher, trainer, and instructional coach, Chase Mielke was a 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee, and is currently a Quantum Learning for Teachers facilitator ( and creator of an award-winning Positive Psychology program for at-risk 10th graders. 

He can be reached to discuss education, teaching, and/or speaking/keynote engagements. 

Original text can be accessed at

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The heart broken smile.

The heart broken smile.
Posted by Doc Hallenstein on Friday, August 7, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Here's what happens when you're raised never saying the words "I can't"

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.