Reconnect Happier

Suzanne DaileyBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: We can try many things to reach our struggling students, but have you tried asking them what they need? Provide students with an opportunity to give you feedback, like a Teacher Report Card, so you can better respond to their needs. Being open to receiving feedback and making changes in response leads to improved connection and belonging. Reconnect Happier … Read More

Respectful Engagement | Dave Schmittou | AP Exam Format

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (1:50), Tom opens by contemplating the rules of “respectful” engagement when debating contentious issues. Then, Tom is joined by education author & speaker Dave Schmittou (8:55) for a conversation about his new book (co-authored with Katelyn Giordano) entitled, “Poking the Bear: A guide for engaging in the conversations that matter most.” Finally, in Assessment Corner (54:52), … Read More

Can You Be Led? | Connie Hamilton | Fractured Relationship

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:53), Tom opens by asking us all to consider whether we can set our egos aside and be open to being led. Then, Tom is joined by educator and author Connie Hamilton (9:33) to discuss her book, “Hacking Questions: 11 Answers that Create a Culture of Inquiry in your Classroom.” Finally, in Assessment Corner (47:38), Tom … Read More

Wer Must Listen | Nathan Wear | Gradeless v. Grade Less

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:36), Tom expresses his concern that if we can’t listen to one another and empathize without agreeing, then the divides in our society will further deepen. Then, Tom is joined by Nathan Wear (14:02) to discuss his book, “Making Grades Matter: Standards-Based Grading in a Secondary PLC at Work.”  Finally, in “Assess THAT with Tom & … Read More

Leveling the Playing Field With Enrollment in AP and Honors Courses

Jerod Phillips Sr.Blog, Lead Better

TL;DR: Black and brown kids are underrepresented in higher-level courses such as honors and AP. We need to move the conversation away from grades and towards experiences. How can we encourage kids to get into the habit of challenging themselves? A Personal Experience Your PLN will push you towards conversations that you won’t see coming. This happened to me during … Read More