The Balance

Aubrey JonesBlog, Engagement

In this Post: Creating balance between structure and student freedom. Reflection from stepping back to facilitate and guide. The beauty of freeing yourself from constant classroom regulation! Back to School Reflection As I go back to school, I have been enjoying my reflection on the drastically different teaching experiences I am encountering. I have been thinking about what I am … Read More

Three Ways to Create a Safe and Peaceful Learning Environment

Jeremy RinkelBlog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning

In this Post : Teachers are competing against the fast-paced entertainment, gaming, videos and much more Music can be a great way to transition – try guitar music Provide options for students Sharing without judgement is essential What gets and keeps people’s attention at a rock concert? Loud music, mind-blowing guitar solos, and super stunning light shows. Upside down 360 … Read More

Raising a Puppy is Making Me a Better Teacher: 6 Takeaways for Your Classroom

Christine WitcherBlog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning

In this Post: Decide to like the dog… even when it’s challenging! Scaffold training to support their needs Celebrate Positive Steps! Learn to Spiral Provide specific and meaningful feedback Lesson 1: Decide to Like the Dog The day after school let out, we drove from Seattle to Boise to pick up our new Wesslpointer puppy, Echo. I dreamed, schemed, and … Read More

Increasing Efficiency in Leadership

Matthew JosephAdministration, Blog, Class Management

In this Post: A leader who practice useful efficiency techniques often finds that they are more productive. One of the easiest ways to prioritize is to make a “to-do” list. Block out time for your high priority activities first and protect that time from interruptions. If you’re having trouble getting started, you may need to do some prep work such … Read More

Busting Two Myths About Restorative Practices

Jeffrey AustinAdministration, Blog, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning

In this Post : Myth #1: Restorative Practices Take Away from Academics The circle, sometimes known as a class meeting, maybe the most well-known restorative practice, can be implemented quickly and used proactively to build the people-first classroom culture Myth #2: Implementing Restorative Practices is Overwhelming Starting small, revising and improving my skills, and generating success with students provided me … Read More