5 Thought-Provoking Questions About Assessment

Steven WeberBlog, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Teaching and learning should be framed around a desired set of learning targets. Identify how teachers will measure student understanding. The classroom should be a safe place where students are receiving feedback from their teacher, peers, and own reflections. 4 key reflection questions to consider before and after a unit are shared. Find ways to celebrate small wins in … Read More

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

Psychology Is Greater Than Pedagogy

Ryan ScottBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Generational poverty and general helplessness are very real. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), poverty, mental health, and learned helplessness all connect. Educators should embed hope in their lesson plans and schools should make it a part of the culture. Educators know that to truly overhaul our educational system, we must overhaul our focus: psychology is greater than pedagogy.  Psychology Is … Read More

Assessing Student Needs: Remediate or Promote?

Colissa R. BrogdenBlog, Reflect Better

TL;DR: There are a number of reasons why parents may consider remediation for their child. Recently, the governor of Kentucky signed a “redo bill” into law that would allow students to repeat this past year’s grade level if the student’s school district permits. As you assess student needs, be sure to consider both the consequences and benefits of remediation. The … Read More