Sailing Your Own Ship

Sandra WeirBlog, Connect Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Shutting down a student’s behaviour in the moment can be effective short term but damaging in the long run. Knowing my students and what they need to be their best selves is part of my mission. Addressing students’ behaviors privately and maintaining a trusting safe environment are essential in my classroom. Sailing My Own Ship: Am I doing it … Read More

Building Connections with EL Students

Andrea BitnerBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Build an “EL Family Wall” in your classroom. Build connections between your students. Create a bond and feeling of belonging in the classroom. Building Connections with EL Students Each day, I meet with 10 groups of EL students from grades 1-8.  One of their favorite weekly activities occurs every Tuesday: Voting Day!  We have three whiteboard “zones”: Zone 1, … Read More

Engage Through Your Passions

Bobbie FrenchBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Schools should be shifting to represent our students and the present-day world. Find ways to fill schools, classrooms, and students with opportunities to be passionate and creative. Host a school-wide Genius Day where staff can share their passions with students and make connections. Engage Through Your Passions It’s time to move forward.  We need to stop looking back to … Read More

A Powerful Gesture

Angela JerabekBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Make sure to let people know you are grateful for them. A personalized, handwritten note can go a long way. There is so much that we have to be grateful for. How often do we let people know that we are grateful for something they have done or just for who they are? It’s one thing to be grateful, … Read More

Equity and Inclusion in Education

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Classroom management and creating a positive school culture are part of equity and inclusion. Build meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, and the community. Be a role model. Don’t forget you are human and so are your students. Be true to yourself. Be the good for others. “Equity and Inclusion Just Got Better” Journaling/Reflection Questions What would you change about your … Read More