BONUS EPISODE – Chad’s Keynote Talk at the 2019 Teach Better Conference

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This is the audio from Chad’s keynote talk at the 2019 Teach Better Conference in Akron, Ohio. Chad shares his story and the creation of the Teach Better Mindset, and the Teach Better Team. For more on the Teach Better Conference, visit:     About Chad Ostrowski Chad Ostrowski is the co-founder of the Teach Better Team and the … Read More

Using Backwards Design to Create Assessments

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In This Post: Aligned assessments are vital to accurately measuring student understanding. Four steps to create assessments that are aligned to your objectives. As an educator, assessment design can be a pain. Many times, we are tempted to find an assessment from available curriculum resources or grab questions from the “back of the chapter” and call it a day. However, … Read More

Building Better Rubrics

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In This Post: An experience with a badly created rubric. What rubrics should measure… and what they shouldn’t. Ideas to include students in rubrics and assessment. Some time ago, I sat listening to presentations from my students. I paused at a student who obviously had not understood the concepts they were presenting on. The student spoke well, included the required components in … Read More

3 Things Principals Should KNOW In Your Classroom Observation

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In This Post: Tips to always be ready for a principal observation! The three important questions your principal (or anyone) wants answered in a classroom visit. The importance of regular procedures for your classroom and your students. Ways to help students be aware of their learning goals, assessment, and procedures. That moment when…  It’s last period, you’re fighting off a … Read More

Breaking Down Why District Initiatives Break Down

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Breaking Down Why District Initiatives Break Down - Chad Ostrowski

In This Post: The sad truth is, most district initiatives fail. There are common mistakes that are typically to blame for district initiatives failing, and they can be avoided. Start small, plan long-term, involve all stakeholders, provide follow-up, and choose the right provider, and you’ll be off to a better start, with your initiative much more likely to succeed. We’ve … Read More