Motivating Without Grades

Mike SzczepanikBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: If the task requires critical & creative thinking, then autonomy, mastery, and purpose are better motivators than rewards and punishments. Students today have to do more cognitively challenging work than they did in the past. Ten ways to motivate students without grades are provided. There are other benefits to using these techniques. In the last post But They Won’t … Read More

Angel in Blue Jeans

Michael EarnshawBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: A voiceover in an Instagram Reel made the author realize how special it feels to wear something new, like running shoes or jeans. The author noticed they are a more effective leader when wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a hoodie. Try to incorporate as many “Dress Down” days as possible to help staff be their best selves, including calling … Read More

Be a Leader

Susan JonesBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: As a teacher, you are already a leader in your classroom, but there are more opportunities for you to lead within your school district. It’s important to avoid falling into a routine and to constantly evaluate and revamp your teaching methods to fit the needs of your current students. Leaders are not afraid to try new things and share … Read More

5 Tips for Being More Productive

Katie MiglinBlog, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: People want to be more productive but have limited time. Being organized can help reduce mental stress. 5 ways to stay organized and productive are: create a list, put things away immediately, don’t avoid quick tasks, establish routines, and take notes. Implementing these tips can increase productivity and create more free time. Today I’m going to be more productive.  … Read More

Centering Culture in Learning

Becky SchnekserBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Centering culture in learning experiences is important and should be a priority for all educators. The book “Unpack Your Impact” by Naomi O’Brien and LaNesha Tabb is a great resource for learning and implementing cultural inclusion in the classroom. Centering culture goes beyond surface-level activities and should be seamlessly integrated into practices. Culture is an integral part of identity … Read More