Building Better Colleague Relationships

Chelsea NicolinoBlog, Connect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Build better colleague relationships by being a good listener, showing appreciation, sharing with others, apologizing, finding a connection outside of work, and expanding your network outside of your district. Remember that relationships are not a competition. Strive for quality over quantity. Relationships take work, but with these simple steps, you’ll build a strong network of connections in no time. … Read More

Reflecting in Times of Uncertainty

Teach Better TeamBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: As we reach the end of the year, it is time to reflect together, problem-solve together, and try something that makes us uncomfortable. Some questions to facilitate discussion among colleagues include reflecting on professional learning and collaboration, learning targets/instruction, assessment, and social/emotional support. All over social media and throughout schools, we hear phrases right now such as, “Be compassionate,” … Read More

Back to Basics with Co-Teaching: Methods and Conflicts

Whitney ChoateBlog, Connect Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Models of co-teaching include station teaching, parallel teaching, alternative teaching, and team teaching. Conflicts may arise with co-teaching, so seek guidance from your administration when needed. Methods of Co-Teaching There are many models of co-teaching. Co-teachers need to find the best methods that work for them. The least effective models are One Teach/One Observe and One Teach/One Assist, which … Read More

Back to Basics with Co-Teaching: Responsibilities & Ratios

Whitney ChoateBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Co-teaching allows for increased instructional intensity by having two certified teachers in one classroom. It is important that co-teachers share all responsibilities, and for both teachers to support all students in the classroom. Co-teaching is a marriage. For better or worse, you both are stuck together through the good and the bad for the entire school year. This post … Read More

Voices at the Table

Colissa JordanBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Both veteran and novice teachers have things they can learn from one another. All teachers should feel confident in sharing with others, as all voices at the table bring value. “So tell me what you want, what you really, really want I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna really, really, really wanna … Read More