#48 Submit to the Work: Todd Finley

Todd Finley

East Carolina University

Todd Finley, PhD, is tenured professor of English Education at East Carolina University. He has taught elementary and 8-12th grade English and co-developed the Tar River Writing Project. His BA in Elementary Education and Secondary English was earned at the University of Puget Sound. His MA in English and PhD in C&I were earned at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Finley teaches, researches, works with schools and publishes in the field of composition, curriculum, instruction, technology, and collaboration.

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In this episode you will learn:

  • Where he’s traveled and taught in his teaching career
  • What helped him write his dissertation for his PhD
  • How to submit to the work of a teacher
  • Why he struggled his first year of teaching
  • How to understand your students and connect with them
  • Why his pre-service teachers make home visits
  • What he means when he says there are no shortcuts in education
  • How the first 60 seconds matter when working with an audience
  • What students respond to in the classroom
  • Why teaching is harder than you think
  • How naming emotions can improve your classroom atmosphere
  • Why social and emotional learning deserves as much attention as rigor
  • What it takes to improve student writing