How can I implement the Grid virtually?

Meghan DeeganBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Implement the Grid virtually by creating a daily routine, setting expectations, making the Grid easily accessible, keeping it simple, using videos, keeping yourself organized, assessing students in a variety of ways, and communicating with stakeholders often. Adjusting to a new learning structure can take time for you and your students. Give yourself grace as you and your students adapt … Read More

How do I introduce the Grid to my students & stakeholders?

Rae HughartBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Introduce the Grid to your students by starting with an Intro Grid. When creating your Intro Grid, include procedures you want to establish with your students. Model your Intro Grid after future Grids that may be used. Communicate with stakeholders through videos and emails. Allow students and stakeholders to provide feedback to you often. Help! I just spent days, … Read More

Why School Administrators Need to Embrace Social Media

Jeff GargasBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Your community is on social media now more than ever. If you’re not utilizing social media to communicate with students, stakeholders, and staff, you’re not using a potentially valuable tool. In the “new world” of COVID-19, people are turning to social media even more. You should be there. There is so much value in simply listening to your community. … Read More

Best Practices for Communicating with Families

Becky ThalBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Strategies for best communication practices, including being proactive, making time for what’s important, keeping it simple, and being consistent. Using ClassDojo, ClassTag, SeeSaw, Remind, emails, phone calls, notes, postcards, and social media as tools to communicate and stay connected with families. Now more than ever, parents and teachers need to work as a team for the benefit of our … Read More