5 Ways To Use Technology at Open House

It is Open House season! Every year at this time, teachers invite parents into classrooms to view student work, projects, and to share successes from the year. This year, spice it up a bit. By the time that parents get to the upper elementary grades, they have seen it all. All Open Houses will blend together for families especially if they have multiple children. Here are 5 ways to utilize technology to make your Open House stand out as one to remember.Continue reading “5 Ways To Use Technology at Open House”

5 Ways to Support New Teachers

New teachers are the lifeblood of schools and districts. It is vital that new teachers are supported and nurtured so that they stay in the profession. A recent survey from the National Center for Educational Statistics indicates that about 25% of teachers who left the profession did so indicating that administration was extremely unsupportive. Creating supportive and engaging working and learning environments for new teachers needs to be a priority for all administrators.Continue reading “5 Ways to Support New Teachers”

5 Pieces of Data Your Leadership Team Should Be Analyzing

Leadership teams spend hours and hours each school year looking at assessment data. Data will help teachers and administrators target individual students and standards for intervention. However, assessment data is only part of the picture. There is a wide variety of data out there that needs to be analyzed in order to truly transform schools and to change student outcomes. Unfortunately, most leadership teams never move beyond assessment data.Continue reading “5 Pieces of Data Your Leadership Team Should Be Analyzing”

5 Ways To Smartly Purchase Educational Technology

Edtech is a multi-billion dollar business. Edtech purchases have increased 5 times over the past five years. However, are these purchases actually doing students any good where it counts? Are they actually benefitting students in the classroom? As a technology in schools advocate, I urge all educators to carefully research and purchase devices and programs for their schools. With education funding trending downwards, it is vital that schools and districts purchase Edtech smartly.Continue reading “5 Ways To Smartly Purchase Educational Technology”

5 Ways to Decrease Disciplinary Issues in the Classroom

Many educators indicate that mastering classroom management is one of the most difficult parts of the profession. Teachers who struggle with poor classroom management skills will never get their students to learn at their highest potential. Their students are seen off task, talking to their friends, defiant, and disrespectful. These students are often assigned consequences for their actions that do little to change their behavior. These consequences include benching students at recess, after-school detention, parent/teacher conferences, sending students to the office, and Saturday school. The goal in these situations is to change the behavior, not to continuously battle for power with a child in the classroom. Sending them out of the classroom only gives in to what some of them ultimately want.Continue reading “5 Ways to Decrease Disciplinary Issues in the Classroom”

Five Ways To Ensure Your Next IEP Meeting Runs Smoothly

IEP meetings are some of the most important facets of an educator’s job. Ensuring that appropriate placement and services are being provided for some our most at-risk students should always be a top priority. It is vital that these meetings are productive, collaborative, and student focused. Sadly, too often these meetings get derailed by emotions, politics, and a fundamental difference of beliefs.Continue reading “Five Ways To Ensure Your Next IEP Meeting Runs Smoothly”

5 Ways to Make Classroom Walk-Throughs More Powerful

Conducting classroom walk-throughs (CWTs) is not a new concept. Educators have been walking through classrooms, gauging instructional practices for years. Unfortunately, CWTs are often conducted due to mandates from downtown and not from the internal desire to improve educational practices. Administrators go through the motions of walking through without the school getting the benefits of this researched based activity.Continue reading “5 Ways to Make Classroom Walk-Throughs More Powerful”

5 Ways for Educators to Use Social Media

Social media has changed the way that we approach communication and networking. Educators around the world are learning and sharing together. While many educators have taken to social media like a fish to water, there is still some resistance and anxiety. Most of this anxiety comes from not knowing what to post or how to connect. Here are five ways that educators can utilize social media.Continue reading “5 Ways for Educators to Use Social Media”

5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2017

As we come to the end of another year, it is time once again to think about the changes we will make in the next 12 months. The world of education is changing rapidly. However, there are still many areas that need to be addressed.Continue reading “5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2017”

5 Ways to Create a Powerful Response to Intervention Plan

Schools across the country are creating intervention plans for students. However, most of these plans fall short and are just mere shells of what they could and should be. Schools are spending thousands of dollars and wasting precious time implementing plans that simply do not work, further frustrating students, teachers and parents. Students are still falling through the cracks both academically and behaviorally.Continue reading “5 Ways to Create a Powerful Response to Intervention Plan”