"Relational capacity" is the level of trust and safety between student and teacher. The influence a teacher has on their students is directly related to the degree of relational capacity. The teacher's opinions, beliefs, and directives will carry more weight if the student feels safe...

Our students come to us with significant gaps in skill and content and, as a teacher, it is our responsibility to find and seal the cracks that exist. We will seal the cracks through rigorous and well scaffolded instruction that addresses the gaps and sets...

My husband, McKee, and I recently took our son, Tucker, to an appointment at St. Jude, one of the world’s leading children’s research hospitals that happens to be right here in Memphis. Although Tucker was only going in for a relatively minor issue, we were...

"Effort vs ability" is that belief that all children have the raw material to do rigorous academic material at high standards. Teachers who hold this belief know that children's learning is primarily determined by their effective effort and use of appropriate strategies. Teachers recognize that...