Teaching Collaboration and Communication

Erin StackBlog, Connect Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: How do students know if they’re doing a great job collaborating? Directly teach students what collaboration looks like. Share feedback with them throughout their class through glows and grows or a rubric. Embed practice into your lessons. Prized Classroom Possession My most prized classroom possession may not be what you’d assume. It’s not a document camera, SmartBoard, or other … Read More

Support for Educators with Phone Anxiety

Carly SpinaBlog, Connect Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: The families we serve all have their own communication preferences. As you communicate with stakeholders, utilize a variety of different methods. Tips to ease phone anxiety include practicing, using a script, scheduling the call in advance, beginning the call with celebrations, and getting support from others for difficult conversations. It’s important that we recognize that the families we serve … Read More

5 Leadership Skills to Thrive In a VUCA World

Steven WeberBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: The world we live in is VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). This post shares 5 leadership skills educators need to thrive in a VUCA world. Remember to support one another. Be ready to face the unknown with flexibility. Address the repairable systems. Clarify communication. We live in a VUCA world.  VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. … Read More

Parent Communication

Jessica ReedBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: There are various ways to communicate with parents: set expectations and use technology. Set expectations and parameters around response times. Tip: Have positive interactions with parents. There are various ways parent communication can be enhanced through technology: Remind, FlipGrid, email, and Google Voice. Jessica joined Rae on the Daily Drop In to chat about Parent Communication Refresh. Click here … Read More

Classroom Management Is Not Just About Rules

Kristen KoppersBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Classroom management is not just about rules. Make students feel valued and successful as individuals in your class. Teach responsibility through natural situations that arise in your classroom. Model clear communication in your feedback to students. Effective Classroom Management We have always heard the phrase “effective classroom management” either from colleagues or administrators, but what does that entail? Classroom … Read More