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

Student Reflection: How to Ensure It’s Done, Done Well, and Done With Grit

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

Student Reflection - How to ensure it's done, done well, and done with grit

Research shows daily student reflection and goal setting has positive effects on students. The missing piece of implementing reflection and goal setting in many classrooms is student ownership. Allowing students to choose the medium used, providing open-ended questions, sharing (some) of that reflection with stakeholders, embedding it into routine to make it a habit, reflection checks, and reflection on the … Read More

Mastering the “Gray Area” Transition to Standards-Based Grading

Rae HughartBlog, Class Management, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Standards-Based Grading

Mastering the _Gray Area_ Transition to Standards-Based Grading (1)

Have you considered the “gray area” during the transition from a traditional grade book to Standards-Based Grading? It can take multiple years for an effective shift to Standards-Based Grading for grade books and feedback provided in the classroom. As districts navigate the transition, there is a lot to think out, plan out, and put into practice. So, how do teachers manage in … Read More

Preparing Your Students for Digital Citizenship (video)

Rae HughartBlog, Innovation, Technology, Video

PREPARING YOUR STUDENTS FOR DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP (video)

Are you preparing your students for digital citizenship? Full transcript below video. Video Transcript Hey everyone! My name is Rae on the Teach Better Team, and we are talking Digital Citizenship and how to set that up in your classroom really effectively. Now before we get too much into the details, if you have not subscribed to our Teach Better … Read More

How to Make This School Year Your Best Ever (video)

Rae HughartBlog, Start Here, Video

How to make this school year your best ever - video

Will this be your best school year ever? Full transcript below video. Video Transcript Alright, the question I ask myself every single year that I’m about to ask you is, how are you going to make this year awesome? Better than ever, how are you going to make this year your favorite year that you’ve ever had? Now, it’s very … Read More