<img height="1" width="1" alt="" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=940171109376247&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Dedicated to Teachers

Taking Ownership of Our Teaching

photograph showing the cover of What's The Best That Could Happen? A book by author Debbie MillerTaking ownership of our teaching and children’s learning changes everything. We own it when things go well, and we own it when they don’t.

Download a Sample Chapter of What's The Best That Could Happen?

Sometimes, when things fall apart, we choose the easy way out and hold children responsible for what went wrong. In our darkest moments, we may even say things like, “These kids just aren’t ready for something like this,” or “My class this year is so low,” or “I just need to stick to the basics with these kids—they can’t handle choice, or talking together during work time, or really anything except sitting in their seats."


Video Thumbnail


But what if, instead, we owned the whole mess? What if we switched our thinking from finding fault with children to asking, “What can I learn from this? What do children need from me tomorrow to be successful? How can I scaffold them just enough so that they can get started and move forward? What can I do and not do, and say and not say, that will let children know I believe in them?”

In other words: Own it. Think about what kids need most. Trust yourself and move forward.


Learn more about What's the Best That Could Happen? at Heinemann.com

Download a Sample Chapter of What's The Best That Could Happen?

Connect with other educators in the Facebook Group!

Join Debbie Miller's Facebook Group!

glyph-logo_May2016Follow us on Instagram @heinemannpub to stay up to date on the latest books, your favorite authors, and upcoming events!


Debbie Miller is a teacher, author, and literacy consultant. She taught in the Denver Public Schools for thirty years and now works extensively with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programs. Debbie is the author or co-author of many resources for teachers, including Reading with Meaning, No More Independent Reading Without Support, and the forthcoming What's the Best That Could Happen?

Follow Debbie on Twitter @millerread


Topics: Video, Debbie Miller, What's The Best That Could Happen

Comment on this post:

Related Posts

Marilyn Burns Presents a Closer Look at Listening to Learn

On September 21st, Heinemann hosted a Facebook Live Event featuring Marilyn Burns, who gave educators a c...
Oct 13, 2021 11:06:56 AM

How I Got Hooked on One-on-One Math Interviews by Marilyn Burns

Listening to Learn is an exciting K–5 digital interview tool from highly respected educators Marilyn Burn...
Jul 30, 2021 10:39:30 AM

Planning Instruction with Mentor Texts

The following is an excerpt from A Teacher’s Guide to Mentor Texts by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Del...
Jun 2, 2021 9:16:49 AM

Take a First Look at The Listening To Learn Math Interviews and Join The Conversation!

Listening to Learn is an exciting new K–5 digital interview tool by highly respected educators Marilyn Bu...
May 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM