By Steve Reifman • Mar 6th, 2014
An announcement by Steve Reifman
My brand new e-book for teachers will be available FREE OF CHARGE this Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, 2014 on Amazon.com.
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By Steve Reifman • Jan 1st, 2014
Last school year I started using a new strategy with my class, and because it has been working so effectively, I find myself referring to it frequently. I call this strategy “The Two Voices.” This idea pertains to the situation in which students find themselves many times every day as they work on school activities, projects, and homework.
By Steve Reifman • Oct 1st, 2012
In my eighteen years as an elementary school teacher, I have learned that the number one key to student success involves setting high standards. Typically, parents and teachers are the ones who establish high expectations for children, and, of course, …
By Steve Reifman • Sep 1st, 2012
Being proactive has two major benefits. First, it gives you the opportunity to package your ideas and articulate them in the best possible light. Acting first, you shape the conversation, saying your ideas in the way you want to say them, not in the way someone else has already characterized them before ever having the chance to hear from you. Proactivity increases your credibility, strengthens your voice, and reaffirms your position of leadership. Second, proactivity is the best approach to problem prevention. Consider the following example:
By Steve Reifman • Aug 1st, 2012
By employing the strategies described in the article, reading will become something that students do willingly, even eagerly, and the adults in their lives will not have to resort to trickery, bribery, manipulation, or any other tactic that will, at best, lead to temporary compliance.
By Steve Reifman • Jul 1st, 2012
Discussing quotes with children is a powerful, engaging way to build character in children and develop valuable literacy skills. the author of "Changing Kids‘ Lives One Quote at a Time: 121 Inspirational Sayings to Build Character in Children" explains how to use quotes to engage and inspire students.
By Steve Reifman • Jun 5th, 2012
Think about the organized activities in which children participate. At band practice musicians understand why they need to rehearse. They know that practicing is important because at a later date the group will perform its songs to a live audience. The connection between today’s preparation and tomorrow’s performance is straightforward. Young actors in a drama club are also aware of this relationship. So are players on a Little League baseball team. The organized activity that occupies more of a child’s waking hours than any other - school - is the one where the purposes of attending each day are typically the least well understood by its participants.