The next time you’re sitting with a stack of papers, I want you to imagine that I knock on the door, walk in, and sit down next to you (awkwardly). I put my hand on the stack of things that you’re grading, and I say, “Hey there, colleague. Question: Why are you grading that?” If […]
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Dave Stuart Jr. is a husband, father, and high school teacher who writes about education. He reads extensively across the disciplines so that he can create uniquely satisfying professional development experiences for his colleagues around the world. His mission is to encourage and equip educators on the journey to long-term flourishing and professional excellence.
Professional development. (The good kind.)
If we’re going to make teaching better, we’ve got to improve professional development. I’m not the guru, but I have spent thousands of hours practicing and researching the art and science of educator-centered, high-impact PD. My hope with all of these is that they help.
And oh yeah: I’m still a teacher. I’ve never left the classroom. With 120 students on my roster each year, it’s impossible for me to detach theory from practice.
My schedule-friendly, all-online professional development courses are designed with busy educators in mind. Starting in Summer 2019, expect versions of my online courses that you can use in whole-school staff meetings.
I speak and lead education workshops for a limited number of schools and organizations around the world each year.
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There are two ways of pursuing productivity. The first way asks, “How do we produce as much good as possible in our work and in our lives?” The second way asks, “How do we get as much done as possible in our work and in our lives?” I think that most of us start out […]
Recently, my students participated in their sixteenth pop-up debate of the school year. (Pop-up debates are most thoroughly treated in Chapter 4 of These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most. You can also get a quick overview of them here. While my goal each school year is to hold a […]
We tend to think of proactivity as a good thing, but sometimes it’s the reason we end up burnt out and harried. Sometimes, the wisest thing to do with a good idea is to let it remain just that. What we don’t want is to be always acting but rarely thinking. Just like anything, our […]
Some of you work constantly. You don’t add up the hours because you really don’t want to. So let me add them for you: if you’re teaching a full load and taking work home each night, you’re working anywhere from 50 to 70 hours per week. If you add weekends onto that, it could be […]
“Once we experience success on any level — increased attention from an individual or group, a promotion, funding for a project — that confidence will tend to rise too quickly, and there will be an ever-growing discrepancy between our self-opinion and reality.” Robert Greene, The Laws of Human Nature Consider three scenarios: Teacher A is […]
Recently, my students gave me a boost in teacher morale through their completion of a simple intervention that I believe supports the value, belonging, and credibility beliefs. (These are three of the five key beliefs that I write about in Chapter 2 of These 6 Things; I overview the beliefs in this blog post.) The […]
“As a specialist in learning disabilities, I have found that the most dangerous disability is not any formally diagnosable condition like dyslexia or ADD. It is fear.” — “Overloaded Circuits,” by Edward M. Hallowell in Harvard Business Review’s Managing Yourself The absence of the five key beliefs might be the five key fears. If student […]