Engage and Elevate Better – Professional Development

Martin SilvermanBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: This is the first post of a new blog series about how we engage and how we elevate that engagement. Beginning of the school year PD likely was one size fits all but did not fully reach all. Engage our audience by considering what we do as effective teachers who plan for diverse learners in the classroom. Learn what … Read More

Episode #115: Listen Courageously to the WHY Behind the Story with Juliana Tafur

Barbara BrayRethinking Learning Podcast

Episode #115: Listening Couragously with Juliana Tafur

Juliana Tafur is an award-winning filmmaker and workshop creator devoted to using films to facilitate experiences that promote understanding and foster human connection. She has been on a listening journey for the past four years. First, as she produced/directed the documentary “List(e)n” and later as she created the Listen Courageously movement. Now, she facilitates workshops on the power of navigating our … Read More

Keep Learning

Erin HealeyBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: As an educator, professional learning is an essential part of our career. Keep learning with professional development options such as engaging on social media and subscribing to blogs and podcasts. You can also keep learning with paid professional development options. Examples include becoming a member of a professional organization, attending conferences, or taking additional classes. In our last blog … Read More

Finding the Slack to Unlock Upstream Thinking

Jeffery E. FriedenBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Reflecting on a book study of Upstream: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath, and the educational impacts of the book. Upstream thinking involves addressing problems before they even begin. When we focus all of our attention and energy on the problems right in front of us, our ability to plan and organize is diminished.  Instead … Read More

3 Ways for Educators to Make the Holiday Break More Meaningful

Jorge ValenzuelaBlog, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

In This Post: The importance of using our holiday break time to recharge, professionally and personally. Three ways to have a more meaningful holiday break. Let’s face it. Teaching is tough, which can lead to stress — especially for teachers who are constantly striving to teach better. Studies show that burnout and trauma associated with teaching are so emotionally taxing that it … Read More