Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom with Barbara R. Blackburn - 220

November 10, 2018



Dr Barbara Blackburn talks with me today about her book, Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom: Tools and Strategies. (2019, Taylor & Francis)

Barbara has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike.

She is a Top 30 Global Guru in Education, has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies.

A few of her book titles are:

  1. Rigor made easy: Getting Started
  2. Rigorous Schools and Classrooms: Leading the Way
  3. Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers
  4. Rigor in Your School: A Toolkit for Leaders
  5. Literacy from A to Z
  6. Rigor for Students with Special Needs
  7. Motivating Struggling Learners: 10 Ways to Build Student Success
  8. Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word
  9. Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom
  10. Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies

She often can be found working with teachers and administrators in workshops as well as presenting at state, national, and international conferences.

Barbara is an amazing writer and teacher. She creates books that teachers can read and put into action immediately. She has a wonderful gift for making the difficult easy to understand and to use.

Lots to learn!

Thanks for listening!

Check out Barbara's Quick Reference Guide to Rigor just published by ASCD.

Rigor Quick Reference Guide with ASCD

Make sure that you check out the links below especially the link to the Graphic Organizer for Math Word Problems that Barbara talked about as well as the link to her website's free resources.

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http://bit.ly/GraphicOrganizerMathWordProblems (The organizer that Barbara talked about.)









Length - 52:53


The 7 Mindsets with Scott Shickler - 219

November 1, 2018



Scott Shickler talks with me about his book The 7 Mindsets: To Live Your Ultimate Life written by Scott and Jeff Waller.

You're going to enjoy Scott's passion and positive outlook on life. We talk about what makes ultra successful people successful and he explains the 7 mindsets. We dive into the purposeful formatting of the book and its fantastic message. Additionally, we discuss the services that 7 Mindsets offers to schools and school systems. 

A little bit about Scott, Scott Shickler is one of the world’s leading experts on personal empowerment and entrepreneurship. The Wall Street Journal referred to him as “a serial and parallel entrepreneur,” due to the number of businesses he has launched in diverse industries.

Collectively, his companies have grossed over $37 million in industries ranging from software to seminars and real estate to retail.

Scott is the author or co-author of eight books, including The Ultimate Entrepreneur and The 7 Mindsets to Live Your Ultimate Life.

He has been featured in a variety of media, including CNN, ABC and NBC News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Fordham University, Scott grew up in New York and now lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.

I hope that you enjoy this awesome talk about how the 7 mindsets can be used to create a desire for learning and can assist you in developing a positive climate.

You will be inspired.

Thanks for listening.

 Don't forget to go to 7mindsets.com/scott 

Where you will be able to download your copy of The 7 Mindsets book and to sign-up for quotes of the day. When you are asked for the special code use my name - Steve (It's not case sensitive.)

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Length - 1:07:34


Steve Miletto talks about 3 Scary (ok, not really scary) moments for a teacher - 218

October 26, 2018


3 Scary (Ok, not really scary) Moments for a Teacher 

There are times when a classroom teacher has to address some issues or take care of a situation that can really feel scary sometimes. Today, I'm sharing three of these types of moments and my thoughts about dealing with them.

1. It's Monday morning and the principal or your evaluator steps into your room to observe you teach.

2. A student challenges your authority.

3. You have to call a parent.

Today, I share some thoughts to help.

Thanks for listening.

 Check out some other helpful resources:

2 Things Not to Say When You Are Angry with a Student's Behavior

Shhhh - Doesn't Work

#1 Rule When Dealing with an Angry Student - Be the Adult

12 Tools for a Successful Start to the New School Year

9 Thoughts for Successful Daily Lesson Plans

10 Secret Ingredients for Better Unit Planning

Classroom Management - Consequences

Classroom Management - Rules

Classroom Management - De-escalation

Length - 29:37


Math for America with Megan Roberts - 217

October 19, 2018

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Math for America is focused on changing the way we think about teachers and teaching in America. MfA's goal is to improve retention nationally by establishing a network of independent programs that support communities of accomplished mathematics and science teachers across the country.  

Dr. Megan Roberts is the executive director of Math for America. Prior to joining MfA, she served for four years as the executive director for the Office of Innovation within the New York City Department of Education. She began her career in education as a science teacher in Manhattan where she was also a middle school principal and then Regional Director for STEM.

Dr. Roberts is a past Woodrow Wilson Science Teaching Fellow; a Fulbright Memorial Teaching Fellow; and a Columbia University Science Teacher Research Fellow, for which she now serves on the advisory board.

Megan has published articles and presented nationally and internationally on topics in geosciences, science education, professional development, educational technology, and innovation in education.

We had a wonderful talk. Math for America is doing amazing things! Makes me want to teach math and science - awesome collaboration and professional development.

Check out the links below to find out more about the amazing work that teachers are doing in MfA as well as how MfA supports teachers and their work with children.

Thanks for listening. Please share with your colleagues and friends.

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Length - 46:11


Mark C Perna and Answering Why - 216

October 12, 2018



Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS (Tools for Schools) in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference. Today we are talking about his book - Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, which was written to help educators, employers, and parents understand Generations Y and Z and inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life.

As an international expert on Generations Y and Z, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people, both in the classroom and on the job.

Parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America have successfully used Mark’s insights and strategies to connect more effectively with the younger generations.

A dynamic and motivational public speaker, Mark frequently delivers keynote speeches at national and statewide events. He has published numerous articles in national publications as a recognized voice in student engagement and success.

Mark is passionate about the mission that he has created for himself. You will hear his energy and drive as we talk.

Check out his comments about his favorite line from Apollo 13 (the movie) and tell me that it doesn't become your favorite line as he explains why he remembers it.

Lots to learn. His book is easy to read and is written such that you want to keep reading.

Thanks for listening.

I hope that you will share it with your colleagues and friend.

Check out the links below to find out more about Mark, his book Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, and so much more.


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Length - 49:35