Hey there, colleague — happy Leap Day! Tomorrow is March 1, which means (as my students like to remind me) that it’s Justin Bieber’s birthday. And that means, it’s my birthday, too. So in honor of the great occasion of Justin Bieber’s birthday, today I’m going to share forty things I’ve learned during my teaching […]
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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.
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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.
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Note from Dave: I’m currently taking inquiries for PD visits to schools for the spring, summer, and fall. Schools tend to use me for issues around student motivation and engagement, recovering teacher morale, or returning to the fundamentals of teaching. All my visits come with resources that enable schools to keep the learning going after […]
After my recent article on the magicality of pop-up debates, some colleagues wrote in with a common question regarding students who can’t participate in pop-up debate. I do sometimes receive documentation—a 504 plan, an IEP, or a note from a doctor or counselor—that excuses a student from public speaking situations in the classroom. At the […]
Note from Dave: I’m currently taking inquiries for PD visits to schools for the spring, summer, and fall. To get an idea of the topics I cover, head here. If you’re a PD decision-maker or on a team that decides PD, use this form to be in touch. I’d love to explore coming to your […]
Is there a tool that helps students grow in confidence, content mastery, life skills, and joy — all at the same time, in any content area? While that laugh-worthy question sounds like something straight out of a snake oil sales pitch, believe it or not, I believe the answers is YES. That tool is pop-up […]
Around this time of year, school leaders start thinking about next year’s PD. And so, I’d like to argue that when planning for next year, leaders should aim at giving their teachers permission to focus their professional improvement efforts on as few things as possible. A key to my teaching career so far is that […]
In my last article, I argued that all students are novices. For some of you, this may have seemed “off.” After all, doesn’t this ignore the many ways in which our students are different? Doesn’t this pretend that each day we aren’t faced with daunting diversity in terms of our students’ prior knowledge, preparedness, interests, […]
What differentiates an expert from a novice? I unpack a few distinctions in the Principles of Learning Course. Looking at this list, it’s obvious to me that, though my classes contain a vast diversity of student strengths and interests and abilities and preparedness, they’re still all novices. (Because of this, one of the first recommendations […]
In my last article, I unpacked a powerful choir teacher’s lesson that I was privileged to witness not long ago. In this one, I want to give you an exclusive peak at one of the 40+ videos in the new Principles of Learning Course I’ve got available. This video lesson comes in the ninth module […]
Recently I was given the chance to observe a choir teacher in action. I watched the warm-ups, the instruction, the practice, the closing. What I saw was a beautiful class period. And what I saw was a clinic of many of the concepts I describe in the Principles of Learning Course. Making abstract concepts clear […]
It’s true. I can’t deadlift as much as Thor. Below, please find photographic evidence. If you look hard, you’ll find differences in our physiques. In every single school I’ve visited, I’ve yet to find a teacher who doesn’t struggle with the RANGE of students we teach. Urban or rural, affluent or free/reduced lunch, remedial or […]
“Sometimes all you need for exceptional results is average effort repeated for an above-average amount of time.” James Clear – May 11, 2023 Newsletter Whether I’m walking the halls of my workplace or those of a school across the world, I’ve long accepted an obvious fact: I’m an average teacher. If you were to come […]
In the new course I’m rolling out this month (enroll today for access to first-cohort exclusives like great vibes and “Ask Dave Anything” Q&As), I just finished producing a module that has to do with how students remember things. So, let’s look at an inverse of this idea. How do students forget things? Specifically, how do […]
The first principle in my new course (rolling out this month; enroll today for access to first-cohort exclusives like “Ask DSJ Anything” Q&As) is that “Learning is Hard.” According to cognitive science, this isn’t just an ethos or belief or classroom poster (below) or culture. Nope — it’s more than talk. It’s just how the […]
English: The Big Picture In 1987, sixty leaders in the field of English assembled at the English Coalition Conference (ECC) to discuss what “English” is and what it is, exactly, that English teachers do. While they grappled with these questions, I entered a credential program to become an English teacher, a curious choice for one […]
Practically and reliably? No. I have as much likelihood to help a student who says, “I’m confused about everything,” as I have throwing a dart at a dartboard with my eyes closed. Can you get a bullseye on a dartboard with your eyes closed? Yes. Can you get better at getting bullseyes if you practice […]