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Are Teachers the Top Influence on Student Learning?

The conversation and debate around what is best for students, and what impacts learning most is not a new one in the human experience.  It's been hotly debated for quite some time.

What impacts student learning most?

Are tests the best way to measure student learning?

Or, wait, don’t tests hinder learning?

How does technology impact learning?

Standards-based, flipped classroom, project-based, problem-based, student centered, backwards planning, flexible seating...

Wow - so many things.  So many ways to impact student learning.

How in the world do we know what strategies impact students the most?

That's just it... there is no ONE strategy that will impact student learning more than another.

But...

... there is one person.

If you're reading this post, this is probably no surprise to you that teachers are the number one influencer on a student's learning.

But I don't want to just say that and claim it as truth.  I want you to see for yourself.

And that’s...

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3 Steps to Help High School Students Not Hate Reading

Today on the Sustainable Teacher Podcast, I am happy to welcome Emily Fox, a high school ELA teacher who is a former hater of reading, and knows how to grow a love of reading in her own students after years of experience.

In fact, Emily is sharing with us today 3 steps teachers can take to grow a love of reading in their high school students, but she’s got two additional steps that you don’t want to miss out on in a free resource she’s giving to everyone - 5 Steps to Help High School Students Not Hate Reading. 

Be sure to head to your favorite podcast app to hear all of Emily’s interview as well.

Welcome to the podcast Emily!  Why don’t you start by introducing yourself - tell us all about your teaching experience and who Emily is.

I am getting ready to start my 7th year of teaching. I have taught ELA for all of those years. When I started teaching, I taught 6th grade for two, and then moved to high school. I have taught 9th and 11th grade...

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