Educate Like Ants – Be Relentless

Livia ChanBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Ants appear to roam anywhere and everywhere outside but when they come inside your home, their purpose becomes more evident. Ants are strong and tenacious. Educators can learn by studying them and being more like them. They know their WHY. Do you? If you haven’t thought about your WHY in a while, it’s time to revisit and rediscover. It … Read More

A Professional Learning Network

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Twenty years ago, teachers had each other’s backs. Their PLN were teachers down the hall. Now, PLNs look different. When you attend national conferences, you have the opportunity to connect with other educators across the U.S. You can learn and grow from others by asking questions. Five benefits of a PLN: learning, sharing, celebrating, reflecting, and growing.  A PLN … Read More

A Network at Your Fingertips

Raymond PortenBlog, Connect Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Becoming more active on social media starts with one invitation. As you begin to become more invested in your social media accounts, your confidence and connections grow. Growing your networks leads to more possibilities and fosters professional growth. Learning how to harness the power of social media can change your life. There is support out there for you. A … Read More

Building Better Colleague Relationships

Chelsea NicolinoBlog, Connect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Build better colleague relationships by being a good listener, showing appreciation, sharing with others, apologizing, finding a connection outside of work, and expanding your network outside of your district. Remember that relationships are not a competition. Strive for quality over quantity. Relationships take work, but with these simple steps, you’ll build a strong network of connections in no time. … Read More

Reflecting in Times of Uncertainty

Melissa CunninghamBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: As we reach the end of the year, it is time to reflect together, problem-solve together, and try something that makes us uncomfortable. Some questions to facilitate discussion among colleagues include reflecting on professional learning and collaboration, learning targets/instruction, assessment, and social/emotional support. All over social media and throughout schools, we hear phrases right now such as, “Be compassionate,” … Read More