Reinventing Student/Teacher Conferencing in 2021

Kristen KoppersBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: The purpose of conferencing is generally to discuss a student’s strengths and weaknesses. A structure for effective conferencing with large classes is shared. Questions to ask during conferences can include: What are your questions?┬áIn what way can I help you? What will you improve on? Unfortunately, while I had some great teachers in the past (both K-12 and post-secondary), … Read More

Working During “Work Hours” Is Important for Self-Care

Kristen KoppersBlog, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL:DR: Face-to face, hybrid, and remote teaching all have their respective challenges. Bringing work home seems to be a part of the job as an educator. Set boundaries for yourself and dedicate time for yourself and your self-care. Prioritizing self-care is a necessary component of your time management plan. When the option to choose remote teaching versus in person, I … Read More

Differentiate the Learning Not the Assignments

Kristen KoppersBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

In This Post: Identify how to differentiate learning experiences versus only modifying assignments. See an example of how to differentiate your lesson instead of the materials or activities. Lighten your workload! Modify your instruction for all students to succeed instead of differentiating materials for each unique learner. Many times, we think of Differentiated Instruction (DI) as a method to make … Read More