Connecting While Walking and Working

Erik YoungmanBlog, Connect Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: The WALK acronym (Wonder, Assist, Learn, Kindness) provides guidance for enhancing connections while walking and working, particularly for educators. Connecting while walking and working creates opportunities for visibility, accessibility, recognition, and two-way communication, fostering positive interactions and learning experiences. Planning what to read or work on, being aware of how to walk courteously, and considering the use of tools … Read More

Episode 57: The Grass Fire Analogy with Hal Bowman

Darrin PeppardLeaning Into Leadership

Hal Bowman joins the podcast to talk about what thriving schools have in common, how leaders can best communicate the truth about their campuses, and what we can do to increase the men coming in and decrease the men leaving education. That, plus a #PepTalk on this week’s show. MORE EPISODES

Difficult Conversations with Students and Parents: New Strategies for a New Year

Erin LebacqzBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Difficult conversations with students or parents are here to stay. We can improve the outcome of these conversations with strategies designed to minimize emotional responses. Consider using the word “you” with care and purpose when discussing negative or critical topics. Use intentional verb choice to affect the tone of your messages or conversations. Focus on the goal or outcome, … Read More

De-escalation Strategies During a Tough Conversation

Joshua StamperBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: There are a number of de-escalation strategies one can use to diffuse any tough conversation: (1) Move to a private area. (2) Be empathetic and non-judgmental. (3) Keep your tone and body language neutral. (4) Provide choices. The Teach Better Academy course, Addressing Tough Topics in Schools, shares communication strategies for challenging topics in your school community. As an … Read More

3 Myths that Keep Us From Talking About Racial and Gender Justice in Schools 

Lindsay LyonsBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Consider the 3 myths that keep us from talking about racial and gender justice in schools. It is important for all students to discuss racial and gender justice by acknowledging the impact and by taking action. There are opportunities to talk about racial and gender justice in younger grades and in various subject areas beyond Social Studies and Ethnic … Read More