TeacherGoals Podcast Episode 33

How to Increase Student Engagement Using Kindness and Literacy with Stan Tucker

"Pretty much every kid that I've met, 95% of kids want a book in the library, you know. And so that's one of the incentives."

Stan Tucker
Host, The Very Airy Library

How can educators combine kindness and literacy to engage students? In this episode, our guest is Stan Tucker from the YouTube channel, The Very Airy Library. Drawing on his experience as an educator, he provides you with specific strategies to increase student engagement using kindness and literacy. Don’t miss this valuable conversation!

3 TeacherGoal Tips


Tip 1:

One strategy to increase student engagement is to give them incentives


Tip 2:
Giving students the opportunity to become published authors gets them excited about writing


Tip 3:
Ask students if they like music or movies. If so, help them to understand that music lyrics and movie scripts are a form of writing

This Episode Features...

Stan Tucker

Stan Tucker is on a mission to inspire the next generation of kind storytellers! Stan is a Georgia native and graduate of Kennesaw State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After a brief time in the classroom, Stan started the nonprofit, Leap For Literacy and The Share Your Story writing program. Since inception, Leap For Literacy has inspired thousands of acts of kindness, donated thousands of books, professionally illustrated and published books for almost 100 young authors. Stan’s dream is to start his own book fair, of only books written by young authors. His Share Your Story writing program has guided thousands of kids to successful authorship. The newest chapter in his life is his children's show; The Very Airy Library. Stan Tucker hopes this show inspires the kids of today like Reading Rainbow inspired him when he was kid. 

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Terryfic Learning Company, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.  

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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