Focus On What You Can Control

Dana GoodierBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Understand your locus of control to make positive changes in education. Build a case for resource and training improvements in your school. Avoid negativity and find supportive colleagues for a successful teaching career. What Is Within Your Locus of Control? Often in schools, if you’re in a teacher position, you’re often in a position of feeling like you don’t … Read More

Stay the Course in Ed Leadership

Suzanne RogersBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Educational administrators face challenges: workload, autonomy, isolation, and prioritization. Strategies include delegation, speaking up, staying connected, and using data. Persistence is essential for effective educational leadership. Stay the Course in Ed Leadership Not sure you want to stay the course in ed leadership? In the fast-paced world of educational leadership, staying persistent is like a guiding light for administrators … Read More

Cognitive Student Engagement in 2023

Suzanne RogersBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Explore the evolution of student engagement in the post-COVID-19 educational landscape. Do this with a focus on aligning education with student needs and passions. Gain insights from John Dewey’s philosophy and John Hattie’s research on empowering students in their learning. Learn strategies to enhance student engagement, including building personal connections, setting high expectations, differentiating grading, and giving students control … Read More

Want a Better Classroom? Get to Know Your Students

Dan ThomasBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Educators face growing challenges engaging a generation with abundant distractions and information. Building meaningful connections with students is essential for their success. Strategies for connecting with students include greeting them warmly, establishing classroom expectations, looking for shared interests, incorporating playfulness, communicating with parents, and attending extracurricular events. Prioritize kindness, respect, and building connections over strict curriculum adherence to foster … Read More

The Power of Finding an Online Community of Teachers

Jeff GargasBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: The internet has brought people worldwide together, enabling the creation of online communities based on shared interests, values, and experiences. Joining these digital communities can provide a sense of belonging, support during tough times, and opportunities for personal growth through shared knowledge and accountability. Online communities offer not only personal benefits but also opportunities for networking and professional development, … Read More