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My Favorite Lessons of the Fall

I’m not sure about you, but for me, these pre-Thanksgiving November weeks are always some of the hardest times of the school year. The heady energy and optimism of the new year have waned and the cumulative impact of the seemingly endless back-to-school requirements—cookouts and capsule night and conferences—combined with this being the longest stretch […]

A Quick Guide to Praise, Compliments, and Asset-Focused Instruction

Educators are some of the most positive people I know, and yet studies from the last 40 years have consistently shown that when teachers respond to students, both in person and in writing, they tend to overwhelmingly focus on the negatives and deficits: The praise to criticism/reprimand ratios seen in these and similar studies can […]

How a Simple Notebook Revolutionized My Ability to Track Student Data

Every night before bed, my wife takes a few minutes to document the ups, downs, advances, and milestones of our children. I have to admit that at first I was somewhat agnostic about the practice. I’ve always had a pretty good memory, so I think at some level I was certain that I would remember […]

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Professional Development

None of us can do it alone. We rely on the expertise of each other to be our best selves. This is the promise of professional development at its best. As a practicing teacher and experienced leader of professional development, I blend teaching theory and research with the practical to help teachers to teach writing better and faster.  


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Books, Articles, & Podcasts

Matt has written several books and articles about teaching. He has also been featured on various podcasts.