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Cut through the clutter and teach like a hero with this workshop-styled, self-paced professional development course from Dave Stuart Jr.
Enough of the noise: in this course, we explore how to increase the quantity of texts our students read using solid, quality articles, without sacrificing our sanity. Here are some of the questions we'll explore:
- How do we help our students motivate themselves, even when tasked with reading texts they haven't self-selected?
- What are the highest-bang-for-your-buck instructional moves that we can focus on and master, rather than resorting to Every-Day-A-New-Strategy-styled approaches to before-, during-, and after-reading?
- Where do we get the time in our overwhelmed schedules to find informational texts, prepare quality lessons around them, and give feedback on text-dependent writing or speaking?
- When is enough... enough? At what point do we rest easy knowing we've done a good job promoting literacy growth and long-term flourishing skills in our courses?
This course, made by a teacher for teachers, aims to help with those problems. Ain't no such thing as a silver bullet, but this course serves as a sword for slaying some of the dragons that badger secondary teachers across the content areas.
What Students Are Saying
Teaching with Articles helped to solidify my reasoning for teaching articles of the week. I found the before, during, and after segments to be the most helpful as I'm already completely sold on using AoWs. I also enjoyed peeking into Dave's class. It's nice to get a glimpse of what really goes on (the good and the normal) and how everything works with real students. Dave is fun, knowledgeable, and easy to listen to. The interviews at the end are fantastic. You can't go wrong with this course!
--Kristy L from Alabama
"I am an overthinker and need to be more efficient, so I've liked how you boil everything down to what really matters - not what matters in THE IDEAL WORLD ALL THE TIME, but what matters and works and still allows us to be human beings."
"What you have created here is stunning. I love quality professional development, and this is good stuff.
Here is what I like:
- short modules that can be completed without having to find a huge block of time;
- self-paced means I can stop when I know I have reached info overload and need to process before I move on;
- perfect balance between theory/philosophy and practical ideas;
- references to sources for additional information;
- videos can be replayed if I want to hear something over again;
- multiple reassurances that experimenting is OK/not all lessons go perfectly, especially not the first time.
Thank you for all the work you have put into this and your other offerings."
8 Reasons to Invest in this Workshop
We start with the heart of the matter in Part I: Clarity, Purpose & Obstacles. I especially love the section where I address student motivation, a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot this school year.
We get practical in Part II: Finding the “Right” Articles. This section covers issues like text complexity, curricular fit, and student interest, without getting bogged down in mind-numbing minutiae. Then I actually show you (while timing myself) how I would go about finding articles if I had only 5 minutes a week to do so.
Part III is all about instructional moves. In it, I cover the 9 strategies I limit myself to when seeking to provide authentic literacy experiences in my classrooms. I’ve often written on my blog about the importance of getting kids reading, writing, and speaking purposefully and often — in this section, you see exactly how I approach those tasks.
Part IV involves unfriendly ground for me because it includes the G word (“grading”). When and how should we grade article-based work? What is the role of effective feedback?
Part V includes over 3 hours of conversations between myself and some incredible leaders in education. We're talking about major heroes of mine, like:
- David Conley, long-time researcher of college- and career-readiness and author of College Knowledge, College and Career Ready, and College, Careers, and the Common Core.
- Richard DuFour, nationally recognized expert on the PLC process and author of In Praise of American Educators: And How They Can Become Even Better.
- Larry Ferlazzo, the incredibly prolific teacher, blogger and author of The ESL / ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels.
- Kelly Gallagher, creator of the Article of the Week assignment and author of many books, including In the Best Interest of Students, Write Like This, Deeper Reading, and Readicide.
- Jennifer Gonzalez, founder of CultofPedagogy.com and co-author of Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School.
- Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, authors of one of my oft-cited favorites, "They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing.
- Mike Schmoker, international consultant and author of the best-selling Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning and Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning.
All those expert interviews are downloadable, meaning you can listen to them on your commute or when away from an Internet connection.
Cost-effectiveness far exceeds traditional workshops. Teachers get more than a full day's worth of a professional development workshop without expenses like travel and registration; plus, bulk pricing options are available for licensing groups of 4 or 8.
Finally, I'm a teacher. I understand the stresses, pressures, and passions of classroom educators because that is what I am.
Taught by a teacher who's researched and tested these ideas for years.
Hi there, I'm Dave Stuart Jr., the creator of the Student Motivation Course.
I'm a classroom teacher who has spent years reading, researching, and experimenting on the topic of student motivation. For thousands of hours, my burning question has been like yours: How do I get my students to do more work, with more care and less stress? This course is a culmination of that work.
Here is a bit about me:
I'm a husband and father, and I take these roles very seriously. (In other words, teaching is not my whole life.)
Over 35,000 people read my articles each month.
Over 10,000 educators in 25 different states have heard me speak about my work at various workshops, conferences, and keynotes.
My bestselling book, These 6 Things, is read by teaching teams and schools around the world.
I am animated by a simple belief: all students and teachers should flourish.
What's in the Course?
StartFirst Things First! Do this now. (2:58)
StartApologetics 101: What CS Lewis Teaches Us About Teaching (4:25)
StartArmed with an Article, Let Us Charge into the Maw of Purpose (2:18)
StartTeacher-Centric Reasons for Teaching Articles (Gasp! Did He Just Say "Teacher-Centric!?") (5:59)
StartBecause Skillz: Five Student Ability Targets (1:21)
Start1. Why Do We Have to Argue? (6:42)
Start2. Why Do We Have to Read This Much? (4:57)
Start3. Do We REALLY Need to Write This Much? (4:34)
Start4. But I Don't Like Speaking! (1:51)
Start5. Getting Better at Life (6:06)
Start"You Know What I Like More Than Materialistic Things? KNOWLEDGE." (4:40)
StartReasons of Long-Term Student Flourishing (1:31)
StartNavy SEALS and College/Career Readiness (6:43)
StartTAKEAWAY ACTIVITY: Purpose
StartObstacles: If Teaching Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It (2:16)
StartObstacle 1: Student Motivation (11:24)
StartObstacle 2: Classes with Varying Ability Levels (1:57)
StartObstacles 3 & 4: No Time for That (2:55)
StartObstacle 5: Our Own Internal Hang-ups (6:52)
StartTAKEAWAY ACTIVITY: Name Your Obstacles (1:07)
Start5 Steps to Constantly Improving Your Article Selection Process (6:41)
StartWhat are the "Right" Articles? (7:39)
StartScenario 1: You have only 5 minutes per week, and you're a health teacher (4:25)
StartScenario 2: You have only 5 minutes per week, and you're an ELA teacher (3:44)
StartScenario 3: You have only 5 minutes per week, and you're a science or social studies teacher (5:01)
StartScenario 4: You have 5 minutes per day (or more) (5:35)
StartA note on controversial articles and topics (6:43)
StartTAKEAWAY ACTIVITY: Give Me a Number
Frequently Asked Questions
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