Todd Finley profile

Todd Finley

Blogger and Assistant Editor (Contractor)

Todd Blake Finley, PhD, is a tenured professor of English Education at East Carolina University. He has taught elementary and 7-12th grade English and co-developed the Tar River Writing Project. He was selected as one of the Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers of 2014 by Cathy Rubin for the Huffington Post and again in 2015.

His books are available on Amazon.

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Twitter: @finleyt.


  • Teacher Wellness

    Teaching With Depression

    A look at some of the common symptoms teachers report—along with strategies and resources that can help.
  • Classroom Management

    A Focused Practice for Relationship Building

    To connect with all of his students, a teacher reflects intently on five of them each day and makes a point of engaging them.
  • Family Engagement

    Launching an Engaging Newsletter

    Tips for putting together an effective classroom newsletter, a simple step that can enhance teacher-parent relationships.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Making Sure Your Praise Is Effective

    Research-backed ideas on how to give meaningful praise to inspire and reinforce positive behavior.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Are You at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress?

    Teaching and caring for others—especially kids in trauma—can be difficult. Here are six strategies to help you take care of yourself.
  • Teacher Wellness

    9 Tips for Overcoming Classroom Stage Fright

    Many teachers have a fight-or-flight response to being up at the front of the room. If that’s you, we can help.
  • Classroom Management

    11 Research-Based Classroom Management Strategies

    Discover kernels—simple, quick, and reliable ways to deal with behavior challenges.
  • Classroom Management

    How to Remember Students’ Names

    Instead of resorting to “Hey, you,” try these techniques for retrieving names.
  • Critical Thinking

    Generating Effective Questions

    Four ways to come up with questions that guide students to engage deeply with class content. Plus: a pop quiz for you.
  • Classroom Management

    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.