Five Classroom Tips for Teachers

Kristen KoppersBlog, Manage Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Learn classroom tips to be more efficient at work. Don’t grade everything. Avoid recreating the wheel. Differentiate classroom instruction. Allow students to learn together using technology. Create an inviting classroom. As educators, we know that we do not work a 9 to 5. The reality of it is that we work 12 months in only a nine month period. … Read More

Grades, Feedback, and Assessments

Kristen KoppersBlog, Grade Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: The focus in school is frequently on the grades received rather than the skills obtained. Feedback and the improvement of skills should be valued more. We all need to work together to create this change. In 2015, I attended the “What Great Educators Do Differently” conference with my colleague in education and best friend. I attended a session by … Read More

Student Relationships: Let Them Connect with You

Kristen KoppersBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Forming connections with students can be difficult but is valuable. Be patient. Not all students, especially at the high school level, open up easily. Share a little bit about yourself throughout the year to form those connections. Take interest in your students’ lives. Ever hear of the saying, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach”?  George Bernard Shaw’s … Read More