Leading Through Instructional Practices

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: While educators with formal leadership roles are often seen as the leaders, teachers who lead through instructional practices they initiate themselves have the most impact. Innovation in the classroom leads to change and a model of success in your classroom that others take notice of. Proudly share your successes and failures with others through discussions to affect change. We … Read More

ClasStars: The tech tool you will want to use next year!

Meghan HoseyBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: How often do you track student interactions, when they leave the classroom, and days absent? ClasStars is a free tech tool that can produce daily reports to track interactions, how often students leave the classroom and for how long, and days absent. The data collected about our individual interactions with students can help us focus on the positive and … Read More

The Gift of Believing

Livia ChanBlog

TL;DR: The imposter syndrome is real for many of us. Give your gift of believing in others. You have the power to change lives. When someone believes in you, this is such a gift to receive. While we should have the courage and not need others to believe in us first, the reality is that sometimes we don’t have enough … Read More

Using Formative Assessments to Guide Instruction

Becky ThalBlog, Grade Better

TL;DR: Formative assessments help teachers effectively plan and guide instruction. It also helps to understand students better in terms of whether they are on track, need support, or a challenge. Likely, you’ll need to plan for differentiated instruction to meet the needs of your students, individually or as a class. There are many formative assessment options: Do-nows & bell ringers, … Read More