81: When in Doubt, Go to Base Camp

How do you go about helping a student or another teacher when you aren’t sure where to start or which aspect of instruction to hone in on? When you learn how to dig deep enough and focus solely on THE MAIN THING, you are sure to be successful. Tune in to hear how to go back to base camp in order to get a clear head and perspective before jumping to action!


  • “Is this in my job description?” or “does this fall in line with my job duties purpose?”
  • We want quick solutions and we pull our talent to take care of the bleeding wound when the bigger picture is far more important.
  • Is this the MAIN THING?
  • You have to take a moment, back away from the mayhem and ensure you’re headed in the right direction.

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.