Best Intentions: Hungry for Better

Hans AppelBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: A new learning series, Best Intentions, aims to support, connect, and inspire educators’ desire towards self-improvement. It begins on January 31st in the Teach Better Team Private Facebook Group. Best Intentions is designed to help educators explore self-development in the pursuit of living our most intentionally authentic lives in and out of the classroom. The LIVE monthly conversational-style interviews … Read More

Grit Growth Progression Journey

Erik YoungmanBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: “Grit Growth” empowers learners to focus on their grit while also being cognizant of their growth. The “Grit Growth Progression Journey” is a sequence of events, opportunities, behaviors, and responses that can empower reflective realization that grit enhances growth.  Grit and growth impact performance.  Grit can be defined as perseverance, courage, bravery, and passion—it can have a positive impact … Read More

Teacher Observations and Evaluations This Year

Dana GoodierBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: We need to consider how teacher observations and evaluations can look different this year since schools are hybrid or remote. There are benefits to visiting 500 classrooms in one year like building connections and informal observations. The purpose of teacher observations and evaluations is to promote teacher growth. The other day, I had a great conversation with Chris Dodge, … Read More

It starts with grace, but it doesn’t end there.

Dave SchmittouBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

Neither judgment nor grace requires knowing the full story. Empathy does. Focus on an empathetic lens, but know that empathy requires taking action. Empathy involves accountability; it involves expectations, but it also involves support, growth, reflection, and requires a relationship. Before you start reading this looking for answers to problems or solutions to struggles, let me be very honest with … Read More

It’s Grow Time

Suzanne DaileyBlog, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Educators are dealing with adversity and challenges like never before. After dealing with trauma, there is an opportunity for educators to grow. This challenging time can lead to positive, long-term changes in education. Our educational journey during this time is compared to the transformation of a seed to a tree. Finish the sentence: post-traumatic ____. Did you say stress … Read More