Club Sandwiches and Expectations

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Replace classroom rules with classroom expectations for more clarity. The value of expectations over rigid rules draws parallels with the experience of enjoying club sandwiches with slight variations at different places. The post encourages educators to have clear expectations collaboratively set with students rather than an exhaustive list of rules. This allows for flexibility and creativity. Club Sandwiches and … Read More

Sub Better: Set High Expectations for Learning

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Student learning can still take place when the teacher is not there. Hold students accountable for their own learning every day. Providing high-quality materials for teaching and learning is a shared responsibility. Learn tips for teachers and administrators to set high expectations for learning. Set High Expectations for Learning Think back to your elementary school days. Do you remember … Read More

Sub Better: Know Your Limits

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Know what assignments you are comfortable taking. Know what behaviours you find acceptable. Communicate your limits to others. Know Your Limits I got the call early in the morning. The school was in desperate need of a substitute teacher and they wanted to know if I was available. I had not taken any other assignments for that day and … Read More

Hyperpredictable Classroom Routines with Mitch Weathers

Lindsay LyonsTime for Teachership Podcast

This week, our guest is Mitch Weathers who had a ton of great points to share.⁠ ⁠ In this conversation, Mitch introduces us to the “organized binder” which is an evidence based MTSS Tier one universal solution that creates a structured and dependable environment with clear expectations and routines. The routines are great for simplifying, like how you start, how … 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