About Michael Chellman

Michael is an award-winning teacher at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. He has 30 years of experience with both middle and high school students. He founded ClassWise in 1996.
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Michael has written 116 articles so far, you can find them below.

4 Tips: Better Parent Conferences

By Nicholas Provenzano, Edutopia, 10/8/14 1. Be Prepared If your school stores student grades digitally, bring a laptop or tablet that allows parents to see grades. Some parents don’t check their child’s work on a regular basis and might want to see the most recent update. These moments can always be good jumping-off points to […]
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No More Electronics in My Classroom

By Tal Gross, The Washington Post, 1/3/15 I settled on my New Year’s resolution while giving a lecture to 85 students. It was one kid who unintentionally suggested the idea. He was sitting in the back row, silently pecking away at his laptop the entire class. At times, he smiled at his screen. But he rarely […]
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What Relationships Mean in Educating Boys

By Michael Reichert & Richard Hawley, Education Week, 5/7/14  How the best teachers reach the most difficult male students. In their 2013 book exploring the gender gap in educational achievement, The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools, Thomas DiPrete and Claudia Buchman note: “It is […]
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Top 6 Mistakes Teachers Make in Tough Conversations

By Marcia Reynolds, from her book, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs; adapted for teachers by Michael Chellman Sometimes a teacher has to deliver bad news to a student. From a poor performance review to dealing with a behavior issue, the most stressful conversations are those where you may encounter surprise, […]
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Making the Empathic Leap

By Jonathan Safran Foer, Middlebury College Commencement Address, 5/26/13  Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.  I [recently] saw a stranger crying in public. I was in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, waiting to meet a friend for breakfast. I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes early and was sitting on the bench […]
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The Debate Over “Grit”

“Does Teaching Kids to Get ‘Gritty’ Help Them Get Ahead?,” By Tovia Smith, NPR’s Morning Edition, 3/17/14 It’s become the new buzz phrase in education: “Got grit?” Schools are beginning to see grit as key to students’ success — and just as important to teach as reading and math. Experts define grit as persistence, determination and […]
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I Lie About My Teaching

By Ben Orlin, The Atlantic, 7/29/14 I liked Devon. We were all first and second-year teachers in that seminar—peers, in theory—but my colleague Devon struck me as a cut above. I’d gripe about a classroom problem, and without judgment, he’d outline a thoughtful solution, as if my blundering incompetence was perhaps a matter of personal […]
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

By Maria Konnikova, The New York Times, 6/2/14 Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in many states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and […]
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4 Ways to Build Resilience

by Tom Searcy, Inc.com In Dr. Rob Bell’s new book, The Hinge: The Importance of Mental Toughness, he relates his philosophy about recognizing life-changing moments and having the resilience it takes to deal with them. What’s a hinge? If you look at life as a door, a hinge is what makes the door work. A hinge […]
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Reject the Culture of Conformity

“Don’t Let Critics Steal Your Soul,” by Dave Burgess, 4/17/12 (from his blog) [Michael’s note: I can always tell when Dave Burgess is at a conference I’m attending. His session is the one teachers are talking about in the hallways–the one you can’t get into if you’re not 20 minutes early. He’s different, provocative, controversial. But he has the […]
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