George Lucas Educational Foundation

Robert Ward

Middle School Teacher

Robert Ward is currently enjoying his 26th year of teaching English to a wide diversity of students at public middle schools in Los Angeles.

His first book for educators, The Firm, Fair, Fascinating Facilitator, and its companion workbook, The Teacher Tune-Up, empower teachers to attend to the needs of the whole child. Robert extends his holistic approach to nurturing children in his third book, A Teacher’s Inside Advice to Parents: How Children Thrive With Leadership, Love, Laughter, and Learning, published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Robert’s fourth book, Talented Teachers, Empowered Parents, Successful Students, brings his previous writing full circle as he joins teachers and families as allies in education. In his latest book, Teaching the Benefit Mindset, that circle is expanded and fortified by an emphasis on moving empathy, inclusion, and altruism to the forefront of education.

In addition to his award-winning Rewarding Education blog, Robert’s articles are regularly featured in Edutopia, Education Week, KQED In the Classroom, Smart Brief, ASCD, NCTE, the U.S. Department of Education’s “The Teacher’s Edition” newsletter, and the International Literacy Association.

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  • Teacher Development

    11 Questions You’ll Be Asked at a Teaching Interview

    Commonly asked interview questions you can anticipate—plus tips and links to resources you can tap as you polish your answers.
  • Literacy

    Scaffolding Complex Sentences

    Sentence stems can be valuable in leading middle school writers to make inferences about course content.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Life Lessons From Fictional Characters

    Writing dialogues between themselves and literary characters can enhance students’ empathy and ability to deal with hardships.
  • Growth Mindset

    Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

    Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity to your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.
  • Student Engagement

    Bring Excitement Into Any Lesson

    Increase student engagement with these 10 techniques.
  • Character Education

    Exploring the Benefit Mindset

    Helping students see how they can have a positive influence on their community and the world goes beyond teaching and modeling empathy.
  • Growth Mindset

    Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

    To help students face life’s challenges, teachers should seek to help them develop a broad set of skills.
  • Literacy

    Getting Everyone on the Same Page

    Reading a novel together as a class builds community, pushes everyone to do the work, and still allows for differentiation.
  • Personal Learning Network

    An Introduction to Twitter Education Chats

    Edchats are a good way to grow your personal learning network. Here’s how to get started with them.
  • Communication Skills

    Showing Students the Power of Words

    Tips for demonstrating the impact of words in ways that improve your students’ literacy and your relationships with them.