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.

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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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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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 – 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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Why Learning Goals Lead the Way for Lessons

By Lindsey Hampton

I recently heard someone compare Learning Goals to a GPS, and I thought, “Absolutely!” After all, it is the job of a GPS to help us arrive at our destination. Consider the following scenario… a woman and her husband are on a road trip where he becomes thoroughly lost, and of course, is unable to…

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6 Guided Reading Mistakes You Might be Making

By Lindsey Hampton

An important time to support struggling readers is during guided reading. However, just because you are doing guided reading does not necessarily mean that you are supporting your struggling readers. Here are six common guided reading mistakes you might be making. You are using books that are too difficult. If the books that are being used…

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Building Background Knowledge to Boost Achievement

By Lindsey Hampton

How does background knowledge impact student learning and achievement? If you are like many educators, you can read this passage fluently, yet still, struggle to comprehend what it means. This, of course, is because many people have never played baseball, or followed it in any way (despite the fact that it is America’s game). So,…

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