Motivating Without Grades

Mike SzczepanikBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Grade Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: If the task requires critical & creative thinking, then autonomy, mastery, and purpose are better motivators than rewards and punishments. Students today have to do more cognitively challenging work than they did in the past. Ten ways to motivate students without grades are provided. There are other benefits to using these techniques. In the last post But They Won’t … Read More

My Hypothesis on Assessment

Tim StephensonBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Assessment is a hot topic in all schools. Before looking at assessments, look at your teaching. What are you doing that makes learning relevant for all students? My Hypothesis on Assessment Well, it certainly has been a while since I last wrote a blog post here at Teach Better. For much of this school year, I’ve been focusing on … Read More

Boosting Student Engagement in the Spring

Rachelle Dené PothBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Trying new ideas at the end of the school year can increase student engagement and help retain content. Versatile methods like choice boards, creativity tools, game-based learning, and interactive lessons boost engagement and curiosity. Incorporating student input, STEM activities, and problem-solving challenges further enhance learning experiences and promote essential skills development. Why try new ideas? With the school year … Read More

STEM and STEAM Are a Part of Your Everyday Life

Becky SchnekserBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: STEM and STEAM are integral to our everyday life and we encounter many challenges that require these skills. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, while STEAM adds Art or Architecture. A problem with a door latch at home is an example of STEM and STEAM in action, involving science, technology, engineering, art/architecture, and mathematics. We can intentionally … Read More

Angel in Blue Jeans

Michael EarnshawBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: A voiceover in an Instagram Reel made the author realize how special it feels to wear something new, like running shoes or jeans. The author noticed they are a more effective leader when wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a hoodie. Try to incorporate as many “Dress Down” days as possible to help staff be their best selves, including calling … Read More