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

Differentiating Project Based Learning!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Project based learning can engage students with the research process. It also keeps student voice at the center of how we teach. Project based learning can help engage students with their community and see how their actions can make a difference. Why Project Based Learning? As an educator, I believe we can engage students with learning with the research … 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

Tips & Tricks Blog Series Overview

Kari PitstickBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Mastery Done Better, Teach Happier

Tips & Tricks Blog Series Overview The COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic has changed so much about how we live our lives, socialize, and especially how we run our schools and classrooms. As we begin the next school year, things are different – but we can be better. As you continue to navigate the details for next school year, we need … Read More

Celebrate Poetry: What Will Your Verse Be?

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Poetry offers students an access point into language. Spoken and written word have the power to foster conversation, liberation, and increase student voice. Poetry instruction that is multimodal (spoken word, video, and audio) increases engagement and can be a great way to delve into social justice topics in the classroom. It’s OK to just celebrate poetry without feeling intimidated … Read More