What Do You Do With An Idea?

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: This post shares steps on how to move an idea from thought to reality. Brainstorm and research, tell, debug and show your story, and find a thought partner. Several years ago, I worked in a school district that gave every elementary teacher in the district an allotment of $500 to be used for classroom supplies. This money could be … Read More

Educate Like Ants – Be Relentless

Livia ChanBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Ants appear to roam anywhere and everywhere outside but when they come inside your home, their purpose becomes more evident. Ants are strong and tenacious. Educators can learn by studying them and being more like them. They know their WHY. Do you? If you haven’t thought about your WHY in a while, it’s time to revisit and rediscover. It … Read More

A Professional Learning Network

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Twenty years ago, teachers had each other’s backs. Their PLN were teachers down the hall. Now, PLNs look different. When you attend national conferences, you have the opportunity to connect with other educators across the U.S. You can learn and grow from others by asking questions. Five benefits of a PLN: learning, sharing, celebrating, reflecting, and growing.  A PLN … Read More

A Network at Your Fingertips

Raymond PortenBlog, Connect Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Becoming more active on social media starts with one invitation. As you begin to become more invested in your social media accounts, your confidence and connections grow. Growing your networks leads to more possibilities and fosters professional growth. Learning how to harness the power of social media can change your life. There is support out there for you. A … Read More

Educator Island

Jillian DuBoisBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: There is a commonality to all reality shows: Each episode tries to promote success attached to future outcomes.  A new idea for an educator reality show: Educator Island where contestants would increase each others’ collective confidence, self-worth, and strength into a renewed hope to return back to the passion that once fueled their creativity and craft. Challenges should be … Read More