Lindsey Hampton

During her 20+years as an educator, Lindsey served various grade levels and subject areas. For 8 years she led inclusive classrooms and taught advanced placement courses. Following her classroom years, Lindsey spent 10 years as an instructional coach, professional development specialist, and district administrator of new teacher induction. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the Florida Association of School Administrator Conference, the Tennessee Principals Association Conference, and the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Today, she works directly with teachers and school leaders in the implementation of the Learning-Focused Instructional Framework.

Reflecting on the Physical Environment
(aka the “Other Teacher”)

By Lindsey Hampton

While some schools have already said, “See you next year!” to their students, many others are still in the midst of preparing for this bittersweet moment. But regardless of where you are now, whether it’s in your last few days or weeks, or you have already begun cleaning your classroom, the end of the year…

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Five Strategies to Increase Student Motivation

By Lindsey Hampton

Why are some students reluctant to learn? Experienced teachers will tell you that there are many reasons why a student may be less than enthusiastic about learning, such as hunger, a lack of support at home, feeling emotionally distressed or worried, or a lack of self-confidence. In fact, this last reason can be one of…

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3 Previewing Strategy Examples That Increase the Impact of Technology

By Lindsey Hampton

Technology has often been seen as a catalyst that would revolutionize education. But whether that technology was papyrus and ink, slate and chalk, the Socratic Method, or a Chromebook, what has remained a constant, proven repeatedly by research, is that technology is only a means to an end and that in itself, does not lead…

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Teaching Vocabulary: Tackling the Word Gap with Effective Vocabulary Instruction

By Lindsey Hampton

How many unknown vocabulary words in a text can a student skip over before comprehension is affected?  Read this altered text and try to construct its meaning:  The fribble has a large head with two eyes that can see very well. They are able to see fish and objects that others might miss. Shucky arms…

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Ways To Reduce Stress for Students: 3 Actionable Classroom Tips

By Lindsey Hampton

In his book, Mind Rules, John Medina describes key principles on how the brain works. One of these principles is “Stressed brains do not learn the same way as non-stressed brains.” Emotional instability can lead to chronic stress and chronic stress affects concentration, language processing, problem-solving, and memory (Medina, 2008). More specifically, children who are…

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activation strategy in the classroom

ELL Classroom Strategies: Activating Prior Knowledge in English Language Learners

By Lindsey Hampton

There are many challenges that face students whose native language is other than English and whose background experiences may have occurred in a different culture and geography. Early experiences may have been rich or chaotic, but regardless, both make up the life experiences of these students.  We know that students build new knowledge on previously…

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classroom management

Behavior Management In the Classroom or Academic Instruction: What Comes First?

By Lindsey Hampton

A popular viewpoint among educators is that discipline must come before instruction. Because student disruptions create a ripple effect across a classroom, teachers often feel forced to immediately deal with every misbehavior, resulting in a significant loss of instructional time. Teachers report losing as much as 144 minutes of instructional time on average to classroom…

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word wall ideas

Word Wall Ideas – Ready for an Interactive Classroom Word Wall Makeover?

By Lindsey Hampton

What is a Word Wall? Word Walls are organized collections of words placed on a wall or other surface in the classroom. They are excellent tools for building word consciousness in students through increased vocabulary interaction and social learning opportunities; especially as students make connections among important concepts and big ideas. Interactive Word Walls, vocabulary…

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Effective Teacher Professional Development: Why Teacher Coaching Is the Missing Piece

By Lindsey Hampton

According to Joyce and Showers (2002), less than 10% of what teachers learn in traditional professional development is transferred into classroom practice. When teachers are asked why it is so challenging to implement new learning, they tend to have the same responses: a lack of time, resources, and practice. And while all of these do…

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Micro Habits: Small Changes Lead to Significant Habits

By Lindsey Hampton

In the book, Atomic Habits, author James Clear illustrates the significance of a simple change by describing what happens when the nose of an airplane is pointed at a slightly different angle. He explains that if a plane takes off in Los Angeles en route to New York, but the angle of the nose is…

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