Teacher Mindsets that Matter for Multilingual Learners

Carly SpinaBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: The beginning of the school year gives us an opportunity for a fresh start. Instead of a negative mindset, identify student’s passions and interests, and how we utilize those to empower students.  We can have some fresh mindsets about unmotivated students, lack of support at home, and students without a dominant language. Mindsets to embrace are linguistic inclusivity, want … Read More

Maintaining Your Mindset When Preparing for the Unknown

Jami Fowler-WhiteBlog, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: It is important to maintain a positive mindset when preparing for the unknown. Preparation breeds protection, security, and safety. Just as we prepare for the threat of inclement weather, we should prepare for the possibility of sudden school closures. Create classroom routines and communicate with parents regularly to maintain an environment of reliability. Just when we thought we had … Read More

To Work or Not to Work

Lindsay TitusBlog, Engage Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: To think better, we have to be willing to think differently. Consider the questions we ask ourselves. Perhaps rather than asking a question, make a statement. Be mindful of the language you use. Shift your mindset to be present every day. This changes your thinking so instead of thinking ahead, you can focus on now. 3 ways to get … Read More

It’s All a Blur: Lessons Learned From Endings & Beginnings

Jami Fowler-WhiteBlog, Connect Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Reflect on the lessons learned from the endings and beginnings you experience. To prevent the blur, reflect on the beginning and identify what you learned at the end. Create concrete ways to apply those lessons. How often do you reflect on your life, instructional practice, or progress towards accomplishing goals? Do you wait until it’s time to create resolutions … Read More

The Gift of Gratitude

Livia ChanBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: There is a difference between gratitude and thankfulness in both English and Chinese languages. Gratitude can be cultivated. Practice mindful gratitude moments to help nurture a grateful mindset and heartset. Take the Gift Better Challenge to practice gratitude.  There is great power in words. Read tips on how to show deeper gratitude with our words. Gratitude is meant to … Read More