Choose Your Play for Summer Days

BreAnn FennellBlog, Self Care Better

TL;DR: This summer, step out of your comfort zone and try some new ways to play! This post shares some new ways to choose your play this summer, including CrossFit, yoga, gaming, and art. Summer is finally here this week for our school district. Let me tell you, I need some play! Play looks different for people. I know a … Read More

Create Safe Spaces

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: We remember what is taught through stories with courageous conversations. Stories help us understand, connect, and give a pathway and multiple opportunities to teaching concepts. Stories resonate with us and are close to our hearts to empower our spirit when there is a safe classroom discussion space. Create safe spaces by incorporating storytelling, reflection, journaling, and using graphic organizers … Read More

What is Translanguaging?

Carly SpinaBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: As educators, we must be strategic and intentional in our language instruction. It is crucial to strengthening our students’ language development. The beauty of translanguaging is honoring and elevating the languages of those we serve. QUICK! We’re going to do a quick experiment! Go grab a clear glass of water. Now put in 2 drops of red food coloring. … Read More

Restore Your Rest

Jillian DuBoisBlog, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Embrace rest and personalize it for yourself! Strategies for rest include making a list of things you WANT to do, weaving things into your day that bring you JOY, taking deep breaths, putting energy into the positives, and getting outside! You’ve done the hard things and now you simply need rest. But it doesn’t come easy. It requires the … Read More

Spark Your Passion This Summer!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: In order to come back in September feeling excited and happy to return, we need to take time off. There are 10 ways we can spark our passion in the summer: make time for yourself, rethink curriculum, do some planning, learn, be yourself, revisit your why, know you are human, lead and mentor others, build excitement, and maintain trusting … Read More