The Special One

Nicole KellyBlog, Connect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: We can’t reach the mind before we touch the heart.  Focus on relationship building while still holding high expectations for students. It’s important to make each student feel special. The Favorite My grandma is 98 years old. She has 6 children, 7 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Of her grandchildren, I am her only granddaughter, automatically making me the favorite. … Read More

Developing Agency in Students

Laura LisienBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: As educators and parents, we need to develop agency in our kids. Help them set goals to work towards. Give them opportunities for independence. Build their self-confidence. The start of a new school year is a very exciting time for students, teachers, and parents. For many, it’s a bustling time for last-minute summer fun activities. In addition, preparations are … Read More

Back to Basics

Kelly PascarellaBlog, Connect Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: After teaching for many years, I’ve realized I need to get back to the basics. The basics are realizing the impact I have on the students in my classroom. My relationships and connections with students will be my first priority. The world feels so complicated at the moment. With a constant barrage of information coming at us at every … Read More

The Power of Connection

Nicole KellyBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: “The Good Neighbor Project” encourages students to find someone, living or deceased, who is considered a “good neighbor.” They then research and tell their story.  This post shares the power of connection. Growing Up in the Neighborhood Growing up, I was a daily viewer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I remember interacting with Mr. Rogers, singing along with him, learning … Read More

Creating a Maker Mindset in May

Bridget BelardiBlog, Engage Better

TL;DR: Having a maker mindset can encourage students to be creative and explore. A maker space is not necessary for providing these opportunities for students. Curated materials and time are all students need. It can be the perfect activity to end the year. State testing is over. We’ve covered the curriculum. Students are unruly and impatient for summer.  How do … Read More