The Time is NOW to Invest in Self-Care

Brad HughesBlog, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Education is a personal profession that requires empathy and energy, so it is crucial that we take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. It is essential to pay attention to, advocate for, and be strategic in addressing our needs upstream. Staying connected is crucial to our health and well-being. We need to be intentional … Read More

Reflect Better: My Great Driving Passion

Tim StephensonBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Introduction to a new series: Reflect Better. Reflect on your practices by focusing on the why, considering where you started, and valuing relationships. Reflecting can help inspire greatness and lead to personal growth. In the years between 1994 and 1997, I began listening to some powerful content.  I think it was my mother who got me onto these audiotapes; … Read More

Grading in the New Normal

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Engage Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Maintaining student motivation and accountability in a gradeless classroom. Using grades to communicate and provide feedback. Grading practices that promote a passion for learning, a willingness to take risks, and an increased investment in progress. Education has undergone monumental shifts over the past few months. Whether you are in the classroom, in a leadership role, a district office, or … Read More

Preparing for School with COVID-19 and the Heightened Impact of Racism in Mind

Shamaine BertrandBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Preparing for school with the impacts COVID-19 and racism in mind. Checking your heart and mind, becoming knowledgeable, and taking action are necessary steps to prepare for school this fall. Preparing for school with the impacts of COVID-19 and racism in mind is essential. Once students enter their classroom physically or gather virtually this school year, they will have experienced … Read More

Culture in the New Normal

Hans AppelBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Using your Professional Learning Network (PLN) to inspire positive culture in your classroom. Reimagining your PLN through positivity, authenticity, and modeling appropriate norms. Using the tools, skills, and ideas established with your PLN to maintain valuable relationships with your students. “Learning is finding out what you already know” – Richard Bach. With our new normal quickly approaching this fall, … Read More