Maintaining Positive Culture Even When Apart

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Connect Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Classroom culture is something we all work hard to build and maintain. Steps and ideas to cultivate our classroom culture, even while apart. Realistic ideas and suggestions to connect with students, staff, and families from home. Classroom and school culture are massive components of our jobs as educators. It’s vital that we cultivate an environment where our students and … Read More

5 Ways to Adjust Lessons to Promote Creative Thinking

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: The importance of creativity in the classroom. How creative thinking can increase the level of learning in your students. Five ways you can adjust or create lessons that promote creative thinking. Creativity is so valuable in our classrooms. With today’s focus on 21st century skills, thinking creatively is becoming even more important. We all know that the problems our … Read More

Involving Families in Goal Setting and Reflection

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: The value of family involvement in goal setting and reflection. A low-tech method for involving families. A technology-based reflection tool for involvement of families. When it comes to goal setting, it’s important that we make it relevant and authentic for our students. Beyond that, we also have to involve their families. “It takes a village to raise a child.” … Read More

Promote Creative Thinking Through Passion Projects

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Mastery Learning Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

In This Post An overview of passion projects in the classroom. Why you should consider doing a passion project with your students. Suggestions to rethink a unit and approach it as a passion project! Creative thinking is a skill we absolutely want to cultivate. We want our students to think critically and analyze. We want them to assess situations, look … Read More

6 Ways to Promote Authentic Reflection

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Mastery Learning Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

TL;DR: The vitality of authentic, real reflection in our classroom. 6 ways to ensure your students’ reflection is authentic. Reflection is a vital part of the learning process. When we encourage our students to look back on their growth and reflect, we are inviting them to see clearly the progress they have made. We are helping develop their metacognition and … Read More