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About Joy Kirr
Joy Kirr is sought after for her workshops on how to bring Genius Hour into the classroom and why it is vital. She has been learning alongside her students since 1995. Currently teaching 7th graders in a truly supportive district in Arlington Heights, IL, Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning. She enjoys being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist,” and is grateful for how her students have stepped up their learning while giving and receiving feedback in lieu of grades. Presenting around the nation has helped Joy spread the message that educators need to strive for all children to become lifelong learners.
Joy earned her bachelor’s degree in special education with an emphasis on deaf and hard-of-hearing in 1995, her master’s degree in reading from Northern Illinois University in 2002, and has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2007.
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Do you want your classroom to be more student-led than teacher-driven?
Do you want to offer personalized learning that meets the needs of the individuals?
Do you want to build a sense of real community in your classroom and in your school?
It’s challenging to make big changes, particularly if you attempt to change everything at once. (Just think about all those New Year’s resolutions that revert to status quo by January 5th!) But real change is possible, sustainable, and even easy when it happens little by little.
In Shift This! educator and speaker Joy Kirr identifies how to make gradual shifts—in your thinking, teaching, and approach to classroom design—that will have a massive impact in your classroom. You’ll learn how to…
Shift learning to make it authentic and student-led.
Shift the classroom environment to make it a space in which students thrive.
Shift conversations and classwork to get kids thinking rather than repeating.
Shift away from homework and grades to keep the focus on learning.
Shift the way you spend your time at school so you have more time to enjoy life at home.
You can create the kind of classroom you’ve always dreamed of. Make the first shift today!
Get a Vocabulary Upgrade with Word Shift
Does it feel as if students, colleagues, or administrators are making your school year difficult? Do negative thoughts cloud your day? Maybe it’s time to shift your thinking.
The language we’ve been exposed to and the words we use when we talk about others (and ourselves) all have an impact on the way we view the world and the people in it. More importantly, as educators, what we say shapes the way our learners think about themselves and their place in the world.
If you want less negativity and more positivity in your life, classroom, and school, start by changing the words you use each day. Make your language match what you really want to believe and what you really want to happen. With Word Shift by Joy Kirr, you’ll never be at a loss for just the right positive word.
Words matter. Choose yours wisely.
“Joy Kirr's book, Word Shift, is an important book for all educators because it draws attention to both the potential harm and benefit of labels, especially when we apply them to students.”
—Jimmy Casas, educator, author, speaker, leadership coach
“I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to participate in the ensuing conversations that it will, no doubt, spark within our community.”
—Sarah Thomas, PhD, founder, EduMatch
“Word Shift is just what every educator and parent needs on their bookshelves to pull out when wondering what and how to say something with their children.”
—Barbara Bray, creative learning strategist, author