I am convicted to improving the test scores of all students.  What I have learned over the years is that there is a formula to this success.  Though children are not identical in terms of ability, the characteristics of helping students grow and develop to reach their potential (generally speaking) are the same.

When I work with students; employing the formula outlined in the book is critical to their success.  Beyond the Lesson Plans lays out what is needed inside and outside of the classroom to help children reach their potential.    The formula is laid out in the book under the following chapters.

  1.  Classroom management
  2. Understanding the troubled student
  3. Motivation
  4. Expectations
  5. Bringing in the right volunteers
  6. Technology

Before reading this book, please understand one thing.  I do not embrace excuses.  I embrace solutions.  When excuses are embraced; it gives a teacher a reason to quit or to direct their time to other students who are not experiencing the same issues.  Common excuses from teachers are a lack of student intelligence, motivation, or parental involvement.  What I am looking to do in the book is to show teachers how to cut through excuses and solve problems in order to help a child reach their potential.

Maximizing student achievement is similar to working on a puzzle.  Some of these “puzzles” are easier to put together than others but all of them have a solution.  Teachers have to be patient and willing to put in the necessary amount of time to solve the puzzle.

Beyond the Lesson Plans can be utilized by individual teachers, professional learning communities (PLC’s), professional development instructors, or on collaborative teams.

For questions involving Beyond the Lesson Plans or to inquire about speaking to your school; I can be reached at beyondthelessonplans@yahoo.com.

Best wishes to you and your staff on a successful school year!

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