LEAD with HOPE Series: H is for Habits

Brandi KellyBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: It is important to establish healthy habits and model them for our students. Be proactive: Focus on the things in your circle of control in an effort to be the best you can be. Begin with the end in mind: Set a mission, goals, and priorities. Put first things first & sharpen the saw: Manage your time. Practice good … Read More

5 Game Changers in Education

Steven WeberBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Each day, when we enter schools, we have the opportunity to create a game-changing moment for students. 5 game changers in education include formative assessments, learning targets, personalized learning, writing, and student-led questions. When school staff focus on these five game changers, they will begin to see self-directed learners, contributors, and problem solvers. Have you ever witnessed a game-changing … Read More

Telling vs. Teaching

Martin SilvermanBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Telling is the feeding of information without any real background of what students are doing or why. Teaching is giving context, explaining the “why” and “how” of what you want students to know. More learning happens through the process of teaching. An example of telling vs. teaching is explained. In a recent conversation with one of my teachers, I … Read More

5 Tips for Infusing SEL

Jennifer AppelBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Character and SEL are not an extra. They are the foundation that all other academic content rests on. Include targets for SEL in lessons. CASEL has an interactive framework wheel to use. When creating expectations for your students, you have to intentionally teach the concept of SEL and re-teach it. Include SEL in daily practice, lessons, and activities throughout … Read More