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Jamie Poskin and David Brazer - Guest Authors

Jamie is the the founder and executive director of TeachFX, and a former high school math and English teacher, coach, and athletic director with an MA in Education and MBA from Stanford. He also spent seven years working as an experimental theater artist with The Wooster Group and as the director of his own company. David Brazer is the Director of Professional Learning at TeachFX , and was a Professor and Director of Leadership Degree Programs at the Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. His research and writing focus on the challenges of school and district leadership, exploring how those challenges are met in practice. His third book (with Scott Bauer and Bob L. Johnson, Jr.), Leading Schools to Learn, Grow, and Thrive: Using Theory to Strengthen Practice will be published by Routledge in 2019. Previously, David spent 15 years in K-12 education as a teacher and high school administrator.

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Classrooms  |  Personalized Learning

Feedback for Every Teacher to Boost Student Engagement

Take a look inside a high school physics teacher’s classroom. In her fifth year, Ms. Valdez is popular with nearly all of her students. They appreciate her energy and sense of humor. Her ambition is to engender in her students the enthusiasm for and wonder about physics that motivated her to devote her career to teaching the subject. She has told you that she wants to teach her students to think like physicists. Unfortunately, your observation reveals that Ms. Valdez is far from her goal. Students will do the work, but except for a few particularly eager participants, most seem to be soldiering through the course hoping to get good enough grades to get into the college of their choice. With student engagement and communication at the center of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, you ask yourself, “How can Ms. Valdez take steps to get more of her students truly engaged in physics?”

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