Spark Your Passion This Summer!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: In order to come back in September feeling excited and happy to return, we need to take time off. There are 10 ways we can spark our passion in the summer: make time for yourself, rethink curriculum, do some planning, learn, be yourself, revisit your why, know you are human, lead and mentor others, build excitement, and maintain trusting … Read More

Great Leaders Know When to Get Off Their Soapbox

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: We all have a soapbox. It may be more important to get off the soapbox than to constantly stand on the soapbox and announce our good intentions.  The “Knowing-Doing Gap” is created when school staff know the jargon, but fail to change their practice. Eduspeak is one of the main barriers to supporting more students and transforming teaching and … Read More

Self-Care: Learning to Say “No”

Latrese YoungerBlog, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Self-care isn’t always bubble baths and massages—it’s also learning to say “no.” To improve your quality of life, it’s important to know when to stop activities that do not allow you to fully operate in your gifts. Self-care has to be about clearly defining what is most important in life and prioritizing. When we let go of those things … Read More

Summer S.E.E.D.S.

PJ CaposeyBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Teachers are in need of a summer break. While we are good at relaxing, we may not be as good at recharging. We can recharge if we commit to follow five steps for self-care: sleep, exercise, efficacy (intentionally build capacity), diet, and social connectedness. I have heard more teachers utter this phrase in the past month than I can … Read More

A Professional Learning Network

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Twenty years ago, teachers had each other’s backs. Their PLN were teachers down the hall. Now, PLNs look different. When you attend national conferences, you have the opportunity to connect with other educators across the U.S. You can learn and grow from others by asking questions. Five benefits of a PLN: learning, sharing, celebrating, reflecting, and growing.  A PLN … Read More