On their faces, slot machines are kind of dumb. You pay money to pull a lever, and most of the time all you get is a few seconds of spinning icons. But then sometimes, you win a little. Very infrequently, you win a ton. Percentage-wise, it’s a losing scenario. If your goal is to make […]
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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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During these past weeks of reflecting on resilience’s three pillars, I’ve started to see a relationship between the three, how they really do act like the legs on a stool. If you’ve got a deep sense of purpose but not an acceptance of unpleasant realities then you’ll err toward unchecked idealism. Unchecked idealism happens when […]
Recently, this blog hit a cool mark: 500 blog posts. I remember, years ago, reading a blog post from a friend of mine named Corbett Barr, on the day that he had reached 500 blog posts. At the time I was at about 200, and I was like, “Dang. That’s cool.” So, here we are: […]
How could we make teaching teams purpose-laden and a ton of fun? Perhaps a book from the 1980s can help. Tracy Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine (1981) is unlikely to be on your recommended professional development reading list this summer. First of all, it is not new. (Actually, it’s less new than my […]
It’s easy enough to say, “Okay, I need to focus.” For example, if we want to be more resilient, then it’s easy to say, “I’m going to focus on developing a deeper sense of meaning in my work and life.” The trouble is that focusing takes more than talking about focusing. It takes actually doing […]
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche, Maxims and Arrows Teaching in a perfect world would be difficult enough. But teaching when bad things happen — the students aren’t motivated, the parents are angry, the administrator is out of touch, the colleagues aren’t kind, the policies are […]
This past weekend, I was in my home reading alongside my older children — one of the great delights of my older daughters’ entrance into middle childhood with its blessed ability to read independently — and I pulled one of Crystal’s old books off the shelf: the late Kate Spade’s Manners. As I often do […]
If you’re ever in a meeting of educators and want to get heads nodding vigorously, here’s what you say: “It’s all about relationships.” This is one of the most agreed upon maxims of my career. It’s also not all that helpful. It’s not that relationships aren’t important. They are magnificently important. It’s not that relationships […]