Preparing Students for Life: How Retakes Help Instead of Hurt

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Differentiate Better, Grade Better, Lesson Plan Better

In This Post: A common argument against retaking assessments, and why it doesn’t quite work. The benefits of allowing retakes in your classroom. “You can’t do retakes, they won’t have redos in the real world.” This is one of the most common arguments I hear about allowing for reassessment in our classrooms. And honestly, I don’t think it’s valid. At … Read More

Boost Motivation by Bringing in What Students Love

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

In This Post: Building intrinsic motivation in our students is incredibly valuable. An introduction to self-determination theory. How to build motivation through students’ loves. Our students, like ourselves, are human beings. And, like us, they have interests, passions, and lives outside of the walls of our classrooms. When we find ways to infuse those outside interests into our content, it … Read More

Using Conferences for Grading Students

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

In This Post The struggle of quantifying mastery with a letter or percent. Grading conferences as a solution to this struggle! Steps to set up grading conferences in your classroom & communicate about them to stakeholders. Feedback from students on grading conferences. In a mastery learning classroom, determining student quarter or final grades can be difficult. How do you assign … Read More

135: Promoting education. – Katelynn Giordano chats with us about giving students an active role in learning, the power of personalized learning, and being someone who promotes education.

Teach Better TeamTeach Better Talk Podcast

6th grade ELA teacher, and Teach Better’s Digital Content Editor, Katelynn Giordano, chats with us about giving students an active role in learning, the power of personalized learning, and being someone who promotes education. Katelynn shares how she negotiates grades with her students, the power of reaching out to other educators, and why your voice matters. Episode Highlights 2:06 – … Read More

Top 20 Blog Posts to Start 2020

Katelynn GiordanoDifferentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Tech Better

In This Post: A look back at my favorite blog posts from 2019. Want to be on this list? Guest blog with us in 2020! As we embark on 2020, I find myself reflecting back on 2019. There’s been a lot of growth and change, much of it positive. And at Teach Better, that is always our goal. Better today. … Read More