Posts by Ruby Payne:

Podcast: Survival tips for principals

July 3, 2018 Published by

A good tool to use is the Karpman drama triangle. In the triangle, the same person can take on all three roles in different situations. In one setting the person is a bully, in another setting the person is a rescuer, and in another setting the person is a victim.…

Audiobook excerpt: From Understanding Poverty to Developing Human Capacity

May 18, 2018 Published by

Students from families with little formal education often learn rules about how to speak, behave, and acquire knowledge that conflict with how learning happens in school. They also often come to school with less background knowledge and fewer family supports. Formal schooling, therefore, may present challenges to students living in…

Removing the Mask audiobook excerpt

May 11, 2018 Published by

A bridge connects two points that are separated by something that prevents those two points from being as one. A bridge can connect two pieces of land separated by a waterway so that people can access both pieces of land as though they were one. An island is connected to…

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 7, 2018 Published by

What better way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week than with some quick and effective professional development tips? The video below shares test-taking strategies that work with students in all demographics. Informational text strategies for under-resourced students: Cognitive Level 3 Here are some more test-taking strategies students can use with informational…

Video: Teach students to spot fake news!

April 16, 2018 Published by

Rich instruction: Informational text strategies, Cognitive Level 2 video We’re now going to talk about Cognitive Level 2 of testing. The next level of testing is: What is the author’s purpose, and what did the author do specifically to manipulate the reader? First of all, one of the things that…

Rich instruction: Informational text strategies – Cognitive Level 1 video

February 21, 2018 Published by

The first level we’re going to talk about in testing is what I call Cognitive Level 1. In other words, it’s the way we’ve always traditionally taught. “What did the text say?” Basic comprehension. Well, when you teach this to students, one of the things that’s critical, particularly in informational…

Podcast: Developing student expertise

February 16, 2018 Published by

What we’re going to look at today is this whole issue around how you get growth out of students, actually, and in the process of growth, how do you get expertise? And particularly at the secondary and college level, how do you begin? A gentleman I know who’s a businessman…

Podcast: 6 basics of school improvement, particularly for high-poverty schools

February 2, 2018 Published by

This is a model that I’ve used for years, and it actually works. Several states now, Texas included, have concluded that the school-improvement models that they’re using actually don’t work with high-poverty schools. And the other thing that’s happened is that after “Race to the Top,” at the end of…

Rich instruction: Informational text strategies introductory video

January 31, 2018 Published by

Welcome to the video series “Rich Instruction: Informational Text Strategies.” One of the things that’s happening with the state standards and state assessments, whether they use Common Core or a different set, is that the testing is getting more intense because they’re asking students to go to levels of analysis…

When parents/adults are safe and dangerous

January 17, 2018 Published by

A story Dave had a father who was a self-made multimillionaire. Until Dave was 10 years old, they were the best of buddies. When Dave went to middle school, because Dave’s grades were not as good as the father wanted them to be, he started a file on Dave. The…