This blog has gained many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

This post originally appeared in early 2018:


At the faculty meeting today, our principal, Jim Peterson, shared three simple phrases/instructions that teachers can use to maximize student engagement. He gave me permission to publish this image of him and the phrases (along with combinations of the three).  The “write a minimum…” can refer to sentences or words.

They support an instructional concept that he calls TAPN, which he wrote about at my Education Week Teacher column.


I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement.