Heart of Education: Classroom Families

Jennifer WaldvogelBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Children may have a hard time recognizing their talents and skills. Educators can build students’ conflict resolution toolkit with stress reduction tools and empathy practice. Open each class with an activity that grounds students into the present moment. There’s a reason educators call students their “kids.” If schools are microcosms of society, then the classroom is a representation of … Read More

Teaching Gratitude as We Celebrate Thanksgiving

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: This post is about the importance of showing gratitude to the people, experiences, and rewards that we accumulate through life’s journey. Celebrate your students’ cultural celebrations. Find out the “why” of the traditions behind the celebration. Teaching Gratitude It’s Thanksgiving season. I love hosting Thanksgiving meals with family. I have learned over the years that gratitude is one of … Read More

What Do High-Performing School Teams Embrace?

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: High-performing schools use the talents, strengths, and knowledge of their staff to continue to improve and grow. Progress should be monitored with various scoreboards to see if the efforts for improvement are effective. High-performing schools embrace a mindset that focuses on what could or should be different, rather than hoping for improved outcomes. There are two types of schools. School … Read More

Moving From Self-Care to Collective Care

Karen EvansBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: While self-care is important, it has become a way of shifting the responsibility, whilst putting more work on the shoulders of already overwhelmed educators. Mutual aid is collective coordination to meet each other’s needs. Collective care removes the responsibility from the shoulders of individual teachers and shifts the onus to the school, district, and educators as a collective group. … Read More

Inclusive Schools: Does Your Classroom Support Introverts?

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Inclusive classrooms should meet each child where they are and respond to all the different parts of themself they bring to the classroom. Introverts are often overlooked. Reflect on how your school or classroom can be a more welcoming place for all. Thriving As You Are When students enter school they should be able to thrive using their strengths … Read More