Find Success During This Pandemic

Martin SilvermanBlog, Lead Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Find success during this pandemic by accepting that things are not normal, prioritizing self-care, and extending grace.  Self-care is not a myth. You need to allow yourself to unwind and turn school off for a while. We all need to extend grace to ourselves, to our students, and to our families. An Elevated Level of Stress One of the … Read More

How to Handle Distance Learning’s “Ghost” Students

Megan BaldufBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: We must acknowledge the concerns about student engagement and attendance that may occur during remote learning. We don’t know everyone’s situation so we must offer grace. According to a meta-analysis of psychiatric research, social isolation and loneliness during the pandemic negatively affect children’s levels of anxiety and depression. Listed below are ways to reach out to students. Use any … Read More

It starts with grace, but it doesn’t end there.

Dave SchmittouBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

Neither judgment nor grace requires knowing the full story. Empathy does. Focus on an empathetic lens, but know that empathy requires taking action. Empathy involves accountability; it involves expectations, but it also involves support, growth, reflection, and requires a relationship. Before you start reading this looking for answers to problems or solutions to struggles, let me be very honest with … Read More