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New! Check out what folks are saying about Dave's comprehensive new book, These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most.

Over the past few years, I've put together a few resources to help teachers toward better, saner teaching.

This is what I offer, all of which can be found on this page; thank you for supporting my blog!

“Pay What You Want” Starter Kit (pay as little as a buck, get the whole thing)

Books, Kits & Curricula – $10 and up

Traditionally Published Books

List of Articles of the Week (free)

 “Pay What You Want” Starter Kit

Once in awhile I'll sense a need in my readership, put together a set of resources that I use in my own teaching practice to serve that need, and offer the kit up at whatever price seems fair to the you, reader! Thank you so much for supporting my work on this blog!

I need a simple, effective way to get more kids engaged more of the time

This Pay What You Want package contains a reproducible and editable student handout, an annotated slideshow of sample slides I use when facilitating pop-up debate in my class, three videos of students and me engaging in various parts of the pop-up debate routine, and an annotated list of “teacher tips and tricks” that I've put together over the past two years of tweaking this strategy.

Basically, it's a smorgasbord of awesome, and it's yours for whatever you think it's worth. Let me know how you like it!

Get it here. Doing so supports this blog; thank you so much!

Premium Products

These products are high effort, self-published books that I think would be great as traditionally published books but that I was too impatient to go through the traditional process with (yet, at least!).

I'm starting a new semester or school davestuartjr_cover_3d2year and I want to start better than I have before

This Pay What You Want product features a variety of resources, ranging from access to the private Facebook group to the reproducible daily lesson slideshows I use to a tour of every surface and purpose within my classroom to 4 videos of me talking through my specific classroom management policy and classroom routines.

Basically, it's a smorgasbord “starter kit” designed to let you into my thought processes as I start off the school year.

Get it here. Doing so supports this blog; thank you so much!

NeverFinished-3d-coverI got into this job to make an impact, but I'm on the highway to burnout

Ask any teacher you know why they became a teacher.

You'll hear lots of answers, but here are some you won't hear:

  • I wanted to get great teacher evaluation scores!
  • I was hoping to focus all of my energy on the test results of my students!

Yet how many of us sometimes feel like our jobs have been reduced to these things?

I don't think it has to be this way; in this downloadable, printable ebook, I explain why.

Get it here. Thank you for supporting my work!

I'm a secondary ELA teacher who needs help teaching conventional writing!

Get it here. Thank you for supporting great work!

I'm a secondary ELA teacher who needs help teaching vocabulary!

Learn about it here. Get it here. Thank you for supporting great work!

I'm a writing teacher who needs to make the structure of writing explicit and automatic for my students!

Learn about it here. Get it here. Thank you for supporting great work!

Traditionally published books

My most recent book came out in July 2018 — thank you to the expert staff at Corwin Literacy who made it all possible. I dedicated the book to my readers, as it is an encapsulation of my best discoveries from the first six years of teacher-writing.

My first book came out in September 2014 — thank you to the folks at Jossey-Bass Wiley who made this lifelong dream come true, and thank you to all of my readers who helped convince JB that I was worth betting on!

I teach grades 4-12, and I'd like to focus my teaching on what matters most

In These 6 Things, I break teaching down into its fundamental parts. Here's what people are saying about the book:

  • “Dave Stuart provides a framework and road map that is of value to educators at all stages of their careers, from novices to veterans.” –Dr. David Conley, leading researcher on college and career readiness
  • Among the most helpful, passionate, practical, insightful teaching resources I have ever come across.” –Mike Schmoker, author of Focus
  • “A how-to guide for teaching with the head and the heart.” –Gerard Dawson, a teacher-writer from New Jersey

Learn more here.

nfo-common-core-book-davestuartjrI want to do better at teaching the Common Core, but I don't know where to start

When I started my blog, I had one topic: the Common Core State Standards. I actually read through and wrote about every single one of the 32 literacy anchor standards; shortly thereafter, I put those blog articles into an ebook and sold it on my site for a dollar.

Thankfully, an editor from Jossey-Bass Wiley saw the book and offered to make it a “big kid book” — and so began my initiation into the world of traditional publishing. JBW's editorial and production teams did a great job with the book, and I highly recommend it if you're looking for an entry point into the Common Core anchor standards.

Get it here.

I need a list of articles of the week

This one, simple routine has a gigantic impact on my students' achievement. I first learned of it from Kelly Gallagher, so below you'll find a list of my AoWs (along with an explanation), and a list of his.