Preparing Students for Life: How Retakes Help Instead of Hurt

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better

In This Post: A common argument against retaking assessments, and why it doesn’t quite work. The benefits of allowing retakes in your classroom. “You can’t do retakes, they won’t have redos in the real world.” This is one of the most common arguments I hear about allowing for reassessment in our classrooms. And honestly, I don’t think it’s valid. At … Read More

Accountability in Retaking Assessments

Rae HughartBlog, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Mastery Learning Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: The importance and necessity of offering retakes. Tips to increase accountability in your students through your retake process. Why not offering retakes is diminishing the value of your content and your teaching. I have been there. Running down the hall to catch a student to remind them for the 12th time that day they need to meet with me during … Read More

4 Reasons You Should Love What You Do

Jeff GargasBlog, Lead Better, Self Care Better

In This Post: Loving what you do is important for many reasons. Four reasons why you should really love teaching and why what you do is important. Ok, let’s be honest; sometimes work can suck. Yep, I said it. Me, Mr “I love Mondays because I love what I do.” Because it’s true. Even when you love what you do, … Read More

Love Louder: Building Authentic Relationships with Students

Kendall LawsonBlog, Engage Better, Lead Better

In This Post: The importance of making sure our students know they are loved. Building relationships should be more than a buzzword–it should be authentic and meaningful. Why you need to find others who will help you grow. Encouragement to challenge practices and do what’s best for kids. The word love seems to be a bit taboo in education. So … Read More

Love Beyond the Classroom Walls: Creating Memories & Building Bonds

Kevin ButlerBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

In This Post: 5 non-negotiables of a teacher. The value in building memories and bonds with your students. Specific examples of ways to encourage learning and build relationships. The inclusion of families. As a teacher, I have five teaching non-negotiables.  Those are the five things I have pretty much kept sacred for the seventeen years I’ve been a teacher. These include: … Read More