New Teacher on the Block

Mary Ellen RileyBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: Being in a new teaching or leadership position can feel stressful. New positions offer opportunities to meet new people and have a bigger impact. When starting new, remember to listen, reflect, get involved, learn about others, and have clear boundaries. Whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran of twenty years, many of us find ourselves as the … Read More

How I Got Started Podcasting

Dana GoodierBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: During the pandemic, I decided to make my own podcast a reality. I listened to podcasts and discussed with others what I would need to get mine started. Out of the Trenches was born. It features teachers telling their stories about getting out of the trenches. Over the past two years, the podcast has been successful and continues to … Read More

What Does It Take To Lead?

PJ and Jamie CreekBlog, Innovate Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: To inspire the next generation of leaders, there are a number of skills that we must foster in the classroom. Have convictions, live with integrity, work on your communication skills, be self-aware, make adjustments when needed, encourage innovation, and be civic-minded. What makes a leader a good leader? It’s easy to point out an ineffective leader, along with exactly … Read More

Slow Summer Days: Reflect This Summer

Bridget GenglerBlog, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

 TL;DR: Sometimes it is difficult to fully recognize where the dividing line is between work and home.   Summers are meant to rejuvenate, reconnect, and reflect.  When you start to dread going back, reflect on the goodness present in teaching. After finishing another long year of teaching, one of the most challenging since 2020, you may ask yourself:  Is it worth … Read More

Teach Better Ambassadors: Like Radio Shack, But Still Relevant

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Connect Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Alex Valencic shares his journey from substitute teacher to Professional Learning Coordinator. The Teach Better Ambassador program is here to help everyone be better. The Ambassadors bring a vast array of experiences to support the Teach Better community. New Role After three years as a substitute teacher and seven years as a fourth-grade teacher in East Central Illinois, I … Read More