How to Motivate Teachers to Change

Motivating change in ourselves and others can be challenging but it can be done. Join Joy Kirr, 7th grade ELA Teacher, with surprising insight on why teachers really change!

Joy Kirr motivate teachers to change small shifts

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Joy has previously appeared on another podcast with me in 2013, however, it has been way too long! I appreciate her reflecting on change in today's show as she shares about her own learning journey.

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Joy Kirr

7th Grade ELA Teacher

Joy Kirr is the author of the book Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom, but she is a 7th grade ELA teacher first.

She’s in her 24th year of teaching, and it is truly her passion. As she does not have children of her own, every year she takes her 90 12-year-olds under her wing. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning and has even gone so far as to be the first at her school to try learning without using marks.

She enjoys being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist,” and is grateful for how her students have stepped up their learning while giving and receiving feedback in lieu of grades.

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