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

How to Build Stronger Relationships With Your Students

Jeff GargasBlog, Class Management, Engagement

How to Build Stronger Relationships With Your Students

Build strong relationships with your students. You’ve heard this before, I know. I really don’t think I need to harp on it. However, the reason we’ve heard it a million times, is the same reason we actually do need to continue to harp on it. Building relationships with your students is absolutely crucial if you want to truly reach them. Other … Read More

Still Not Sure How to Roll Out That New District Initiative?

Jeff GargasAdministration, Blog, Innovation

Still Not Sure how to Roll Out That New District Initiative_

Working on a new district initiative? One of the most common things we come across when talking with district administrators is the story of that last initiative that fell flat or blew up in their face. The truth is, rolling out a new district-wide initiative is not easy. It is complicated, stressful, and always presents the potential for push-back, frustration, … Read More

Create Your Own Breakout EDU or Escape Room Challenge

Erin HallBlog, Innovation, Lesson Planning

Create Your Own Breakout or Escape Room Challenge

I love the concept of Escape Rooms and Breakout EDU challenges! I think escape rooms and breakout EDU challenges are great ways to encourage teamwork, build a strong and positive classroom culture, and engage students with challenging ideas in a low-stress (but high-fun!) way. Over the last year, I’ve created my own version of a hybrid-Escape/Breakout Challenge that is very … Read More