Long Standing Traditions at School

Tim StephensonBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Creating school-wide experiences for students beyond the classroom makes school an enriched place to be. When you have an idea, have the courage to follow through with the idea. Enjoy reading a poem written for the whole school as part of a performance. The first year I did this was 2005. The staff at school was wondering about whether … Read More

3 Tips to Implement Your New Idea

Kari PitstickBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Trying a new idea can be intimidating when considering all the potential ways it could fail. Implement your new idea by visualizing the lesson, making predictions, finding your people, and being open to challenges and feedback. If you’re anything like me, you are always thinking. Thinking about anything and everything. It’s hard for me to focus at times—or even … Read More

What Do You Do With An Idea?

Alex T. ValencicBlog, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: This post shares steps on how to move an idea from thought to reality. Brainstorm and research, tell, debug and show your story, and find a thought partner. Several years ago, I worked in a school district that gave every elementary teacher in the district an allotment of $500 to be used for classroom supplies. This money could be … Read More

Setting Up the Space to Foster Your New Idea

Rae HughartBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Choosing the right work atmosphere can add a beautiful spin on your solution-seeking mindset. Rae shares an activity you can participate in to narrow down your best work environment to foster your new idea. When the topic of “Implementing a New Idea” was recommended as a theme of Daily Drop In for the first week of the Morning Show … Read More

4 Steps to Successful Implementation of a New Idea

Jennifer AppelBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better, Survival

In This Post: Success on New Year’s resolutions rarely ever happens. But why? The “New Year’s resolution” model doesn’t work for educational ideas either. Four steps to successfully implementing the new idea you’re considering. January is often a strange time at my gym. New Year’s Resolutionists show up in droves. They pack into our small yoga studio spaces with their … Read More