ISJ and ISNB Introduction

Holly StuartBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Mastery Done Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Teach Further

 TL;DR: Science is a messy process that leads to understanding. Students need to learn and appreciate the messy process in addition to the end result. Interactive science journals (ISJ) and interactive science notebooks (ISNB) are tools that will help students understand the difference between the process and the end result. “Take chances, make mistakes, get MESSY!” – Ms. Frizzle, The … Read More

Welcome Forward! Creating an Engaging First Day of School

Bobbie FrenchBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Plan your first day of school so that students (and staff) are excited for day two. Increase engagement and excitement on the first day of school with chalk the walk, photo ops, pep rallies, and music & competition. Although some of you may have already returned to school, we’re gearing up for the 2021-2022 school year on the East … Read More

Engage Students with Magic Glasses & Table Dancing

Bobbie FrenchBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Reimagine your lessons to make them more engaging for students. Some ways to engage students with your lessons include magic glasses and table dancing. Other ways to increase engagement in your lessons include finding ways to infuse movement, friendly competition, student conversations, and sometimes a little whimsy.  Bueller? Bueller? Bueller…anyone? Anyone?  Are you teaching to an ‘empty’ room? If … Read More

Ham It Up to Build Relationships with Your Students

Jason LimBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Build relationships with students by not being afraid to look goofy or silly in front of them. Some strategies to build relationships with students include using movie quotes or current popular songs, telling jokes, dancing, and more. When I graduated from college, I did not know what I was going to do.  To be honest, I wanted to be … Read More