Back to Basics

Kelly PascarellaBlog, Connect Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: After teaching for many years, I’ve realized I need to get back to the basics. The basics are realizing the impact I have on the students in my classroom. My relationships and connections with students will be my first priority. The world feels so complicated at the moment. With a constant barrage of information coming at us at every … Read More

Building Connections with EL Students

Andrea BitnerBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Build an “EL Family Wall” in your classroom. Build connections between your students. Create a bond and feeling of belonging in the classroom. Building Connections with EL Students Each day, I meet with 10 groups of EL students from grades 1-8.  One of their favorite weekly activities occurs every Tuesday: Voting Day!  We have three whiteboard “zones”: Zone 1, … Read More

A Powerful Gesture

Angela JerabekBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Make sure to let people know you are grateful for them. A personalized, handwritten note can go a long way. There is so much that we have to be grateful for. How often do we let people know that we are grateful for something they have done or just for who they are? It’s one thing to be grateful, … Read More