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The secret to helping students feel like they BELONG

Educators, let me ask you a question: Where do you feel you most BELONG? At a coffee shop catching up with a friend? In the garden? Reading bedtime stories to your kids? In your classroom? I'm going to guess this is also the place where you feel confident trying new th...

Three ways to gain students’ trust

As our students head back to the classroom, emotions can run high, cycling between excitement and fear.  From the moment they first walk into the classroom, students are evaluating teacher credibility, consciously or unconsciously asking: 

Begin Again: 3 Ways to Harness the Power of Beginnings in your Classroom

Have you ever wondered why so many of us make New Year’s resolutions?  I mean, there are 365-ish days per year and any one of them is just as good as another for making a meaningful life change.  So why are Google searches for the word “diet” 82% higher on January 1 than on a typical day? Dan Pink, in his recent book...

Four tips for better meetings

The new school year is just around the corner and that means you are probably preparing for many teachers’ least favorite events: meetings.  But--it doesn’t have to be this way!   Productive and positive staff meetings are shown to boost morale, lower stress and frustrations, a...

Creative Problem Solving Strategy: Walk and Talk

What it is

This partner strategy allows students to work together to solve a problem or respond to a question. Students walk around the room while having a structured talk with a partner, providing an opportunity to move and process their learning.   Repeated re...

Know and need-to-know: the secret to sustained, student-led learning

Have you ever put hours into planning a new unit, feeling excited about the content and activities, only to have students express disinterest from day one?  It’s so discouraging! This project-based learning activity can turn your entire unit 180 degrees–providing opportunities for students to direct their learning!  Now, I’m not promising you will...

What is PBL?

You've probably heard buzz about project-based learning, but what exactly IS it? PBL is a lot more than "doing projects."  Watch the video below to learn what it is (and is not) and read about some of the positive outcomes of PBL . https://youtu.be/r5bv7QLz1Vs

11 things you didn’t know you could do in Zoom

If you ever feel like you aren't using Zoom to its fullest potential or can't keep up with new features, check out the video below: 11 things you didn't know you could do in Zoom. https://youtu.be/Nx5n2-1TlMw Topics include: 1. Sharing slides as a virtual background 2. Sharing just a portion of your screen 3. Annotating on a shared screen 4. Pinn...

The most important question to ask when starting PBL

When you start a new unit, do your students know what they will be doing and learning?  Do they understand why?  And do they have a say in any of it? Implementing a driving question can help you answer ‘YES” to each of these questions. 

What is a driving question?

The d...

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