Reflections from the Fresh Professor

James MilesBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: James shares his story about his childhood experience with surgery on his eyelids and how it changed him. Edutainment was a calling that was sparked by a conversation with Michael J. Fox. Follow his journey below. James joined Rae on the Daily Drop In to chat about aligning values, beliefs, and actions. Click here to watch! My first memory … Read More

Classroom Management Then and Now

La-Shanda WestBlog, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Classroom management has changed quite a bit since the days of Harry Wong. Today’s classrooms have shifted physically and philosophically to empower students in their learning. Consider including wellness breaks in an instructional period to allow for meditation, hydration, or socialization. La-Shanda joined Rae on the Daily Drop In to chat about classroom management and including wellness practices with … Read More

Making Celebrations a Part of Your Classroom Culture

Chelsea NicolinoBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Bring celebrations into the classroom to show students you care. Celebrations don’t have to just be about the holidays. Find ways to recognize and celebrate your students’ successes. Chelsea recently joined Rae on the Daily Drop-In to discuss bringing celebrations into the classroom. Click here to watch! This time of year is usually my favorite. Mainly because there are … Read More

4 Tips for Classroom Management

Kari PitstickBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Routines and structures are key to strong classroom management. Consider your first 5 minutes of class and intentionally decide how you will spend that time. What works one day might not work the next; what works for one class may not work for another. Classroom management will always be a work in progress; not every single day will go … Read More

Mastery Teachers Produce Mastery Students

James O'NealBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Learning should not just be personal for students, but it should be personal for teachers. Teachers should be learners, too. Teachers should master the content so that students can have the opportunity to master what is taught. James joined Jeff on the Daily Drop In to discuss keeping creativity alive as well as mastery in the classroom. Click here … Read More