Tag Archives: engagement

Making School Matter: A Team Effort

Slavery Bulletin Board

Allow me to preach to the choir when I say that teaching is a love/hate relationship. Let’s not forget, though, that our students, too, have a love/hate relationship with school.  Here’s a brief T-chart that I generated in sixty seconds: … Continue reading

Cost-Effective Rewards for Classroom Motivation

sticker rewards middle school

Over the years, I have tried to think of ways to motivate students that don’t cost me any (or much) money. So this year I finally asked the students to come up with ideas in groups. They came up with … Continue reading

Replenish, Episode 2: Thanks for Passing Through

David Minardi, founder of Teengagement®, discusses the impact a teacher has every day in the second episode of his new podcast, Replenish. In “Thanks for Passing Through,” he thanks teachers for “passing through” and simultaneously impacting future generations. To listen to Replenish, … Continue reading

And for That, She Was Shot. Reviewing Building Writing Fluency

Building Writing Fluency

Last week, I introduced the “Building Writing Fluency” activity to my students, whom I had just met a few days prior. Would it be possible to engage kids in a fluency activity right off the bat?

Replenish, Episode 1: Technology vs. Teacher

Replenish Education Podcast

David Minardi, founder of Teengagement®, discusses technology in the classroom in the first episode of his new podcast, Replenish. In Technology vs. Teacher, he speaks to teachers about their invaluable role shaping students, and how technology can aid, but never … Continue reading

Trying to Think Like a Freak

Learning to Think Like a Freak

I am currently enjoying my summer and reading several books. One of them is Think Like a Freak, by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. As I’ve discussed before, it was their first two books (Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics) that heavily … Continue reading

4 Things I Learned about Secondary Ed from #TPNForum14

TPN Summer Forum

Last week a group of teacher-practitioners gathered with some of the writers and practitioners from Teengagement® at the Teengagement Summer Forum in the beautiful Hotel Indigo in Jacksonville, FL. For two days we dove deeply into Units of Study, the … Continue reading

What Worked this Year

Class Competition Charts

Every year goes by faster and faster. I just finished my 17th year teaching. I wish I could have a conversation with the Mr. Kern of, say, ’01-’02. I wonder on what we’d agree to disagree.

Practical Engagement

Young people engaged in reading successfully

Last week I wrote about the case for engagement in the classroom, and how critical it is to student success. Today I’d like to discuss how, at Teengagement®, we strive to bring the reality of engagement into our materials.

The Case for Engagement


When Teengagement® first began producing Units of Study way back in 2005, occasionally we would receive feedback from customers that sounded something like this. “Our students love it! They come into class excited to read each article—and these are kids … Continue reading