Discussion as a Team Sport: Teaching Today’s Kids with a Skills-Based Approach

Discussion as a Team Sport: Teaching Today’s Kids with a Skills-Based Approach

Adults everywhere lament kids’ conversational skills (or lack thereof) – in schools, restaurants, around family dinner tables. The causes are debatable and myriad: blame iPads, TikTok, parents, politics, COVID – the list goes on!  Here’s what’s not up for debate: today’s students struggle to communicate…especially live, in-person, and across any kind of difference. As teachers…

Why Teachers Deserve Instructional Coaches: 5 Questions with Emily Gromoll

Why Teachers Deserve Instructional Coaches: 5 Questions with Emily Gromoll

Teachers don’t always get the feedback they want and need. At R.E.A.L.®, we’re trying to change that with our program that offers on-demand instructional coaching for the educators within our network.  We sat down with R.E.A.L.® Director of Program Emily Gromoll to chat about feedback: what it typically looks like for teachers, what it would…

R.E.A.L.® Teacher Feature: Matt Tilford & Jack Fischer

R.E.A.L.® Teacher Feature: Matt Tilford & Jack Fischer

Thank you to Matt Tilford and Jack Fischer for sharing their REAL lives with us!  Matt and Jack teach history at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are their thoughts on discussion, R.E.A.L.®, and learning. Names/Hometowns: Matt Tilford: Joshua Tree, CaliforniaJack Fischer: St. Louis, Missouri Current School: Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia Can you describe…

R.E.A.L.® Teacher Feature: Shaila Richmond & William Berry

R.E.A.L.® Teacher Feature: Shaila Richmond & William Berry

Thank you to Shaila Richmond & William Berry for sharing their REAL lives with us! Shaila and William teach seventh grade English and History, respectively, at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia. Here are their thoughts on discussion, R.E.A.L.®, and learning. Names/Hometowns: Shaila Richmond and William Berry, Richmond, VA Current School: St. Catherine’s School Can…

Communication is the Basis of Relationships: a Conversation with Susanne Carpenter

Communication is the Basis of Relationships: a Conversation with Susanne Carpenter

Susanne Carpenter is the founder and principal at Carpenter Leadership, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm that helps leaders and leadership teams become high-performing and strategy-focused. What follows is a conversation between Susanne and R.E.A.L. ® Founder Liza Garonzik. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.  Liza: Susanne, we’re so excited to have…

Teacher Feature: Sydney Freibaum & Jennifer Cordero

Teacher Feature: Sydney Freibaum & Jennifer Cordero

Thank you to Sydney Freibaum & Jennifer Cordero for sharing their REAL lives with us! Sydney and Jennifer are sixth grade teachers at Hutchison School in Memphis, TN. Here are their thoughts on discussion, R.E.A.L.®, and learning. Names/Hometowns: Sydney Freibaum, Memphis Jennifer Cordero, Memphis Current School: Hutchison Middle School, where Sydney teaches sixth grade English…

Discussion Skills in the Wild

Discussion Skills in the Wild

How students who would rather talk than text imagine discussion in their futures We talk often about the “why” behind our work. We’re passionate about teaching discussion skills because we believe they define humanity – that they’re critical for success in the classroom, the cafeteria, or around the kitchen table. In our tech-centric world, conversation…

A Researcher’s Perspective: 5 Takeaways from Watching R.E.A.L.® Discussion in Action

A Researcher’s Perspective: 5 Takeaways from Watching R.E.A.L.® Discussion in Action

by Harriet Piercy Harriet Piercy has taught English at London secondary schools since 2015 and held a number of roles as a curriculum leader. She is currently joint head of the English faculty at Haggerston School in Hackney. She was recently a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching scholar at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, undertaking…