3 Suggestions to Make Evaluation More Meaningful

PJ CaposeyBlog, Connect Better, Grade Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Reduce the teacher evaluation pressure by investing in more conversations and more time in classrooms. See tips for how to make a pre-conference more meaningful. Praise heaping, rating justification, and point proving are three conference styles. The best solution is to give 2-3 key goals for improvement. If anything, last year seemed to be EVERYTHING. I like to say … Read More

3 Steps to Overcome Feeling Burned Out

Maurice F. MartinBlog, Lead Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Overcome feeling burned out by keeping it real, getting uncomfortable, and setting positive goals. Be an active participant in your mental and spiritual health. Spend some time to reflect. Dive deeper into the who, what, when, why, and how of your situation. Burnout requires a jump start. Consider whether you need to work on your mental, emotional, physical, or … Read More

5 Tips for Better Grading

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Grade better by aligning all of your assessments and creating clear feedback measures. Eliminate unnecessary assignments and involve students in the process. Use tech tools and verbal feedback whenever possible. Coming back to school means many things: students in our rooms, interacting and building relationships in person, learning to instruct in person and online simultaneously. But it also means … Read More

3 Ways to Reach Students on a Deeper Level

Britney WolfBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: There are 3 ways teachers can reach students on a deeper level. Establish rapport and build trust with students by asking more questions about them. Have office hours to provide students with a safe place to be honest and ask questions. Provide opportunities like emotional check-ins where students can share their feelings. Teachers are already going above and beyond … Read More