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Patricia Vitale-Reilly: Choice in Process

Patricia Vitale-Reilly, author of Engaging Every Learner, wants to push back against the decreasing amount of choice she sees in classrooms today. Utilizing the lenses of content, process, and product, as defined by author and differentiation expert Carol Tomlinson, Patricia shares that choice in process allows students to find what really works for them in a given context.

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Teacher Appreciation: Patricia Vitale-Reilly On Her Two Favorite Teachers

Patricia Vitale-Reilly's high school business education teacher helped students with more than business education, offering advice and a listening ear when needed. In fact, as Patricia says in the video below, this teacher helped Patricia set up her prom date!


Patricia Vitale-Reilly is the author of Engaging Every Learner


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Year In Review: Teacher Tips From 2015’s Professional Book Lineup


This year, we released The Heinemann Teacher Tip App as a free download for iOS and Android devices. This app delivers ideas and inspiration from our authors directly to you every weekday. Thousands of people share the daily teacher tip through Facebook, Twitter, and email. The App grows each season with Heinemann's newest offerings.

Here is a look at five tips from 2015's Professional Book lineup:

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Back to School 2015: Setting The Course For A Successful Year


Welcome back to school! Heinemann Professional Development is excited to continue an online PLC (professional learning community) as we get back in the swing of school this fall. Look for new content each week and join in the conversation! This week, Patty Vitale-Reilly sets the course for a successful year.

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Five Strategies for Checking Student Engagement


It's no secret that a healthy and intentional classroom environment can increase student engagement. But how do you create it? Master teacher and education consultant Patricia Vitale-Reilly has a deep understanding of what some of these engagement strategies can look like and how to integrate them into classroom practice. In her newest book, Engaging Every Learner, Patricia applies the research on motivation and engagement to strategies and tools that cultivate and sustain student engagement across the school year. In today's post adapted from the book, Patricia offers a classroom environment checklist. 

Take a moment. Does your classroom meet these guidelines to increase engagement? How many can you answer "Yes" to?


by Patricia Vitale-Reilly

The Physical Classroom Environment

► Arrange Classroom Furniture

  • Is your classroom organized in a way that allows for flow, collaboration, and active learning?

 Manage Materials

  • Are your materials stored in an easily organized and accessible way?

 Use Wall Space

  • Are your walls painted a color that will engage yet not distract students?
  • Are anchor charts and decorations accessible to learners but not visually overstimulating?

The Emotional Classroom Environment

► Develop Classroom Tone

  • Are voices balanced between teacher and student and student and student?
  • Is the noise level in the room conducive to learning?
  • Is risk taking valued and cultivated in all learners?
  • Is there a system for nonverbal communication in collaborative settings?

► Establish Classroom Rituals

  • Are there classroom rituals, such as daily greetings or weekly meetings, that build the emotional environment?
  • Are positive affirmations used to acknowledge students?

► Reinforce Student Self-Efficacy

  • Is there a system to acknowledge growth and celebrate successes?

The Cognitive Classroom Environment

► Set High Expectations and Communicate Them Orally and in Writing

  • Are there high expectations for each learner?
  • Are expectations communicated in anchor charts?
  • Are expectations communicated in student checklists?

► Establish Consequences

  • Are consequences fair, explicit, and used appropriately?

► Make Learning an Active Process

  • Are daily learning statements—"I will" statements—used to clarify and guide learning?
  • Do lessons include student involvement?
  • Are checklists used to manage students and keep learning active?

► Cultivate Creativity

  • Do students have time to explore?
  • Do you facilitate and nourish creative thinking?


On Wednesday 7/22/15 Patricia co-hosted the #currichat Twitter chat. The topic was on: How Can You Measure Student Engagement in the 21st Cenutry? See below for a transcript. 


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Patricia Vitale-Reilly is a consultant, teacher, author and lifelong reader, writer, and learner with 25 years of experience in education. As a national consultant, Patty is dedicated to guiding schools and districts to set and realize goals that matter most in their learning communities. Check out her blog exploring important and essential ideas about teaching and learning.

Engaging Every Learner: Classroom Principles, Strategies, and Tools is out now.

How To Create A Summer Reading Program


A healthy and intentional classroom environment can increase student engagement. But what happens when students leave the classroom for the summer? In her newest book Engaging Every Learner, educator and consultant Patricia Vitale-Reilly applies the research on motivation and engagement to strategies that cultivate student engagement across the school year and into the summer.

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