I Heartily recommend Bill Hoatson's book. It contains wisdom acrrued by a supurb and committed teacher over many years of experience in some of the country's most challenging classrooms. He testifies to the effectiveness of the caring development of self-respect together with goal-directed discipline, an approach he supports by proven strategies with real kids with real discipline problems. Both his writing and his informative lectures are witty, insightful and wonderfully entertaining.
Emanuel Shargel
Professor Emeritus, College of Education, Florida State University

Bill's Books

Support and learn about Bill's efforts to instill his humane and effective teaching methods, in the home and in the school, by purchasing one of his books.

Transform the school, transform society.


Success Breeds Sucess

How to help the struggling, or failing, child to succeed? That is the question of the day. There is an old saying that goes, "Success Breeds Success." The corollary is also just as true, "Failure Breeds Failure." These two powerful insights are all a teacher really needs to understand, actually, to create a successful child from a struggling one. Continually set up incrementally harder success experiences for each child for whatever skill they are having a hard time with, then praise and reward.

Income inequality and its effects on the classroom

With all of this talk about testing, teacher accountability, the role of paperwork, the role of homework and dozens of other things that can be argued about relating to how a child performs in school, it often obscures the real reasons why many children struggle so much and often fail. I have been a school teacher for a LONG time, and wish to throw some spotlights onto areas that really need to be addressed if we are serious about raising and teaching children to become successful adults.

Coming Soon! - Video Lectures

I have been working for weeks on several video lectures for teachers and parents. I call it my 5 minute lecture series. My website consultants insist that it should be a three minute lecture series. I tried to hold the talks to three minutes. There is no way to impart what I want in three minutes, try as I might. 5 minutes, however, is doable. The reason for the teaching lectures is this: I have been teaching children of all ages with learning and behavioral disabilities for over thirty years.

Corporate control, Mr. Hoatson and high blood pressure.

Corporations make many wonderful and useful educational products and systems that are used by teachers all of the time. They can be a great resource for teachers and parents. That is, if they stay in the helpful, resource mode. What you DON'T want is a corporate entity throwing the teacher and parent out of the way and actually taking control of the classroom. This is a prescription for disaster for both teacher and student, and unfortunately is happening at an accelerated rate.

Mission Statement

    My name is Bill Hoatson and I have been an educator since 1975. On some long days in an exceptional education classroom, immersed in a sea of academic and behavioral problems and undealt-with paperwork, it seems more like since 1875. God has sent me hundreds upon hundreds of children, ages 3-17, carrying black faces and brown faces and white faces, many speaking English, many not. A lot have come to me from the trailers and small houses of the working poor - the emphasis on working. They should not be poor.


If fighting is not going to get you anyplace, what should you WORK at that will? Start with your intellect. Your brain. There is money in them there squiggles. Lots of it. Read, write, explore math. If a class is boring, get over it.Tape a twenty dollar bill to the top of your desk to remind you of why you are being bored.
Professor Johnson Unhinged - Section for Students

7 Minute Lecture Series


01. Introduction
(7 minute Lectures)

02. How to Create a Dropout
(Positive Behavior Shaping)

03. The Phone Call
(Reward Effort)