Retakes Promote Mastery

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Innovate Better, Mastery Learning Better

TL;DR: Debunking a common argument against retaking assessments. Reasons why retakes promote mastery of content. Seriously, You should Allow Retakes. I know as you read this title you may have rolled your eyes a bit. Maybe you had some thought of “In the real world they don’t allow retakes…“. I’d love to take that thought to it’s natural conclusion actually. … Read More

Management with the Grid: How to Keep Kids Motivated

Andrea KalchbennerBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: The Grid method can seem like a huge change, but there are some consistencies with a traditional approach. A teacher shares some strategies for management and engagement with the Grid. “How do you keep kids motivated?!” This question pops up over and over again for educators.  It does not matter whether you teach elementary or high school, or if … Read More

Proactive vs. Reactive Goal Setting

Rae HughartBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: The importance of being proactive rather than reactive in your goal setting. Tips to be more proactive with your classroom goal setting. The why behind being proactive. I knew I had the puzzle pieces. After 4 years in college studying the right approach, the proper progressive philosophy, and the data supported “future” of education. I could rattle off the … Read More

Partnering with YOUR School Counselor

Hans AppelBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: An overview of school counselors. Tips to COORDINATE with your school counselor. Are you maximizing YOUR relationship with the school counselor?  Do you utilize the counselor to support students in the best possible ways? Are you accessing this powerful resource on a regular basis?   “We know where the real work of changing kids’ lives happens…it happens on the ground, … Read More