Posts by Ruby Payne:

Video: Hunger is the greatest thief

November 15, 2018 Published by

In last year’s November talk heading into the holiday season, the focus was on food. From the video: “Food is always attached to celebration, to holidays, to belonging, and to well-being. Probably one of the most interesting pieces I’ve read was an article out of Syria—Aleppo. A well-educated man, about…

What I am reading right now

November 13, 2018 Published by

The Mind Body Code by Mario Martinez is amazing. The book is so rich with so much information. I have read and highlighted and am rereading and taking notes. Martinez is a neuropsychologist and explains “biocognition”—basically how information and experience is actually stored in your body—not just your brain. I…

What I am reading right now…

October 17, 2018 Published by

In 12 Rules for Life, Peterson examines how it is that killers like Hitler and Stalin can co-opt huge numbers of people to follow them. And he offers as an antidote to chaos 12 rules that will help an individual avoid chaos and have meaning. He examines how one has…

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…