Helpful Reflection Strategies for Teachers (Video)

Rae HughartBlog, Professional Development, Video

Video Highlights: Rae Hughart shares some helpful reflection strategies for teachers. We talk about reflection for our students, but we need to reflect for ourselves as well. Using multiple mediums for reflection can help influence effective reflection. A  one-on-one conversation may not be the best way for everyone. A pre-recorded video is another option. Voice memos and typing your reflection … Read More

5 Characteristics of Strong School Leaders

Chad OstrowskiAdministration, Blog

In This Post: The 5 qualities successful most school leaders have. Ideas on how to become a more successful leader in your school – no matter your position! Being a school leader is about more than a title or position. It’s about imparting change and leading the vision of a school, class, or department. And it’s not always easy. In working … Read More

Teaching Writing for Student Voice

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Lesson Planning, Self-Paced Learning

In this post: The importance of providing freedom for students in your writing instruction. Strategies to use when teaching writing to shift the focus to student voice. My experience and background in empowering student writers. When we think about teaching writing, we often associate it with the traditional 5 paragraph essay, a regimented guide, or a ready-made curriculum. There’s a … Read More

Strategies to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in students

Matthew JosephBlog, Competency Based Learning, Engagement, Lesson Planning

In This Post: The importance of helping students increase critical thinking skills. Ways to promote the essential skills needed to analyze and evaluate. Strategies to incorporate critical thinking into your instruction. We ask our teachers to be “future-ready” or say that we are teaching “for jobs that don’t exist yet.” These are powerful statements. At the same time, they give … Read More

Cue the Encore: When Things Don’t Go the Way You Planned

Jeremy RinkelBlog, Class Management, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Self-Paced Learning

In This Post: Bouncing back from an unsuccessful lesson, in real time! Tips and strategies to turn a lesson around due to broken items and student pacing. An idea to head off misconceptions before they occur. If you’ve been in the classroom 1 year or 30 years, I’m sure you’ve had a lesson plan completely flop. Or you’ve had a … Read More