ASCD authors Michael Opitz and Michael Ford joined the Core to talk about their latest book. Optiz and Ford talk about methods to re-establish joy in the classroom. We talk about the myths of joy in education and the role affective dimensions play in our overall experience and effectiveness in the classroom.
MICHAEL F. OPITZ is professor emeritus of reading education at the University of Northern Colorado, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses. An author and literacy consultant, Michael provides inservice and staff development sessions and presents at state and international conferences and also works with elementary school teachers to plan, teach, and evaluate lessons focused on different aspects of literacy. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, articles, and reading programs.
MICHAEL P. FORD is chair of the Department of Literacy and Language at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He is a former Title I reading and 1st grade teacher. Michael is the author of five books and more than 30 articles. He is a senior author of the core reading series LEAD 21. Michael has worked with teachers throughout the country. His work with the international school network has included staff development presentations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, and Central America.