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Todd Finley

Blogger and Assistant Editor (Contractor)

Todd Blake Finley, PhD, is a tenured professor of English Education at East Carolina University. He has taught elementary and 7-12th grade English and co-developed the Tar River Writing Project. He was selected as one of the Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers of 2014 by Cathy Rubin for the Huffington Post and again in 2015.

His books are available on Amazon.

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  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    A Look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

    A primer on the impact of implicit biases in schools and how they can be expressed by students and faculty.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Organizing Students for Learning

    Ten simple strategies for helping students who struggle with executive function skills like organization and prioritization.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Teaching With Depression

    A look at some of the common symptoms teachers report—along with strategies and resources that can help.
  • Classroom Management

    30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers have a method of calling for quiet, and we’ve collected a variety of good ideas for elementary, middle, and high school.
  • Classroom Management

    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
  • Literacy

    50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels

    Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
  • Teaching Strategies

    22 Powerful Closure Activities

    Quick activities that can be used to check for understanding or emphasize key information at the end of a lesson.
  • Literacy

    11 Alternatives to Round Robin (and Popcorn) Reading

    There’s no evidence that round robin reading helps students improve, so we gathered alternatives that teachers can use instead.
  • Differentiated Instruction

    Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

    Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.
  • Classroom Management

    11 Research-Based Classroom Management Strategies

    Discover kernels—simple, quick, and reliable ways to deal with behavior challenges.
  • Assessment

    8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

    Ideas for developing students’ capacity to understand and use discipline-specific terminology and the language used in instruction.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Mastering Classroom Transitions

    Move students in and out of class and between activities smoothly to save valuable instruction time.
  • Formative Assessment

    Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

    Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Use the Winter Break to Renew Your Spirits and Sense of Purpose

    Tested techniques to help you ease stress and recharge your batteries.
  • Student Engagement

    Bell Ringer Exercises

    Because of pressure to teach bell-to-bell, many classrooms now start with bell work—short exercises that students complete while the instructor handles attendance and other administrative chores. I’ve collected several creative, practical, and entertaining exercises that can function as bell ringers or sponge activities.

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