Mastering The Grid Method in 7 Steps

Rae HughartBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Mastery Done Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Master Grid Method basics for teaching success. Plan, engage, set expectations, and differentiate. Use assessments, reflect, and refine for classroom mastery. Can you feel the excitement in the air as we dive into the new year? This is the perfect time to shake things up in your classroom. And what better way to do it than with Mastery Learning … Read More

Teaching Kids to Record What Is Important

Sharlene McHolmBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Students’ easy access to information doesn’t guarantee quality work. Teaching note-taking skills enhances critical thinking and learning. Personalized notes empower students. Evaluate student understanding of new concepts with 1:1 conferences.  Teaching Kids to Record What Is Important Students today have easy access to every kind of information, almost instantaneously. But does that lead to more knowledgeable kids?  Are they … Read More

Exploring the Link Between Student Misbehavior and Boredom – School Administrator Mastermind Recap

Joshua StamperAdministrator Mastermind Recaps, Blog, Differentiate Better, Lead Better

School Administrators Mastermind community In this engaging School Administrator recap, Joshua Stamper and Katie Miglin share valuable insights and thoughtful responses from the School Administrators Mastermind community. They address pivotal questions, such as: 🔹 How do you differentiate between student misbehavior resulting from boredom or disinterest in a lesson and behavior issues with deeper underlying causes? 🔹 For those who … Read More

The Heart of Education: Taking Risks

Jennifer WaldvogelBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Reflect Better, Teach Further, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Taking risks makes teaching more exciting and fulfilling. Start small with change to accomplish more in the long run. Risk-taking is easier for students when we build them a safety net. Failure is natural. Show students it’s okay to fail as long as we try again. Growing up, we’re taught to be careful: to wear helmets and knee pads … Read More

5 Classroom Strategies for Social Emotional Learning Support

Michele HaikenBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Social emotional learning is already integrated into everyday teaching, helping students develop essential life skills alongside academic knowledge. Teachers can enhance SEL by implementing intentional strategies, such as reflection for self-awareness, authentic assessments for social awareness, choice boards for responsible decision making, checklists for self-management, and promoting collaboration and cooperation for building relationship skills. These practices align with CASEL’s … Read More