Testing Season: Multilingual Learners

Carly SpinaBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: October and February are months when staff morale tends to dip. February also often brings about the testing season. Multilingual students are often tested even more than the rest of the students. Try to make your class a creative, fun, and inspiring place to be during testing season. The Armpits of the School Year Every January, I tend to … Read More

Tech and Transformation

Brad HughesBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Debbie Tannenbaum is the featured guest on The Good News, Brad News Podcast. Debbie’s transformation through technology has been both professional and personal. A growth mindset and willingness to be vulnerable can yield surprising results. There is power in taking small steps towards big accomplishments. Connecting with others is essential to growth and transformation. Hello again, reader! This is … Read More

Meaningful Connections

Bridget GenglerBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Parents want teachers to see their children and notice great things about them. Send an email at the start of the year introducing yourself. Ask parents to tell you about their child. Periodically check in with parents to see how they feel things are going. Celebrate children! Meaningful Connections: What Parents Want When my children were younger, I wished … Read More

Celebrating Our Students

Bridget GenglerBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Build intentional moments into your day to build relationships with students. Make students feel seen, heard, and loved. Find opportunities to celebrate your students. Celebrating Our Students Why is that important?  What benefit comes from it? Is it necessary? Build Relationships with Intentional Moments I spend the whole school year taking the time to connect with my students— learning … Read More