Being Human Is Not Unprofessional

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: The #RelationshipsFirst movement: Students are more likely to learn when they have a positive relationship with you and get to know you too. We connect better with others who we know, value, and respect. Share stories about life experiences and show humanity to students every day. Their experiences may be similar so by sharing, you have become someone else … Read More

More Than a Teacher: Getting Involved in Your School

Andrea KalchbennerBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: As a teacher, there are a number of paths you can take towards getting involved in your school. Start small when you’re ready to get more involved outside of your classroom duties. Figure out what brings you joy and what you have the most time to dedicate your talents to. Getting Involved in Your School PBIS Tier 1 coach? … Read More

Expanding Your Teacher Role

Katie MiglinBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR There are many opportunities to get involved in your school community. Clear your plate enough to support students and staff members outside of the classroom. Build relationships with your students by supporting their other interests. Your purpose goes beyond the walls of your classroom. Katie joined Rae on the Daily Drop In to chat about ways to get more … Read More

Sub Folder Essentials

Kari PitstickBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: This post includes a number of essential items for your sub folder including a map of the school, bell schedule, rosters with nicknames, accommodations, and health information. Be sure to clarify your restroom, cell phone, computer, flexible seating, and emergency procedures and policies. Keep your sub plans concise but make sure you are addressing any questions the sub may … Read More

Helping Students Make Connections to 9/11

Becky ThalBlog, Connect Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Historical events impact everyone a little differently. Teaching students history through firsthand accounts can help them to see different perspectives and lets them decide how they will understand the event. History educator, Cheryl Krol, shares her inspiration to collect testimonials from 9/11 to share with her students, as well as the value in teaching through firsthand accounts.  I know … Read More