Are you just surviving Valentine’s Day?

Rae HughartBlog, Engagement, Innovation

Are you just surviving Valentine's Day?

It may be Valentine’s Day, but what does that actually mean for an educator? In This Post: Valentine’s Day, like any holiday, brings its own special set of challenges for teachers. You can choose to simply survive Valentine’s Day, or focus on still connecting your content and engaging your students. Providing opportunities to share happiness is one way of connecting … Read More

3 Common Flexible Seating Styles

Rae HughartBlog, Class Management, Innovation

3 COMMON FLEXIBLE SEATING STLES

In This Post Flexible seating has become a highly talked about new style for updating your learning environment. There is no one-size-fits-all plan or style for flexible seating. Three common styles of flexible seating are: The Dabbler, The Safe Bet, and The Extreme Flexible Seating has been a commonly discussed idea within the past decade. However, each educator has seemed … Read More

Strategies for A Better Start to Your Class

Rae HughartBlog, Class Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning

Strategies for a better start to your class

Starting each class period off the right way is key to the success of any lesson plan. There is no one way to start a class. There are plenty of options – find what fits your style and your students’ needs. Educators focus so much on effective lesson planning, posting targets, differentiating for students, and communicating with parents. But let’s … Read More

Blended Learning without Mastery Learning: The Failure of A New Initiative Without Proper Scaffolding

Rae HughartBlog, Class Management, Competency Based Learning, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Self-Paced Learning

Blended Learning without Mastery Learning

Post Highlights Blended Learning is an idea and new district initiative taking over many areas around the country. Blended learning is any formal education program in which a student learns, at least in part, through online mediums. A mastery learning classroom is a commitment to students’ ability to master content before moving on to more challenging information. It is possible … Read More

Getting Students to the “Ok Maybe” Zone So They are Ready to Learn

Rae HughartAdministration, Blog, Class Management

Getting students to the _okay maybe_ zone

Getting learners to the “Ok Maybe” Zone. The “Ok Maybe” Zone is the moment learners (whether students or adults) become open-minded. In order to reach this zone, you need to learn their story, understand their background knowledge, and paint the picture of success. Painting the picture of success requires 4 steps: Start With the Why, Stay Student Focused, Incorporate Models of Persuasion:  Ethos, … Read More