Episode #201: Mark Chartier

Dana GoodierOut of the Trenches Podcast

Every day, Mark mentors students who must overcome serious challenges. But he knows they can persevere, because he did. Growing up with Tourette’s syndrome, Mark had poor grades and demonstrated significant behaviors, but thanks to positive relationships with his educators, he was able to defy expectations and succeed in school. As an adult, he sustained a brain injury and developed a … Read More

Joyful Connections

Bridget GenglerBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Children need to know that you care about them. Find ways to connect and listen to your students. Greeting students, morning meetings, small talk, and laughter are great ways to connect. As educators, I think we all can agree that we want our students to succeed.  We want to see them flourish and thrive.  We want them to leave … Read More

8 Qualities of People Who Build Great Relationships

Dana GoodierBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: People who build great relationships listen, make time, are present, admit when they’re wrong, give good advice, are empathetic, commit to trusting others, and think of the other person. Eight Qualities of People Who Build Great Relationships While we enter our second or third month of school, many of us have already well-established relationships with our students to have … Read More

Relationships & Communication: 3 Strategies for Success at School and Home

Tre GammageBlog, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Strong relationships lead to more success. Be flexible with your communication style to help support everyone. In 2016, LinkedIn published an article declaring that 85% of jobs are filled through networking. And most of these jobs are filled before they are even posted online (Adler 2020). This has nothing to do with education but everything to do with relationships. They … Read More

We’re All a Part of the Bigger Picture: Support Each Other

Dana GoodierBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Having meaningful relationships with your coworkers is important. Co-teachers should find time to collaborate and support one another. Build relationships with your department or grade-level teams. Reach out to your administration with any questions or needs. Administrators, check in with your teachers and offer encouragement. We are all in this together and have a common goal. There are many … Read More