10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Posted on March 18, 2020

10 Questions to Ask Students to Encourage A Growth Mindset

Everyone may have times when they get in the way of their own success and become their own worst enemy. When they are able to change their mindset they can unlock a whole new world that stops the block that keeps their thinking trapped. A growth mindset is one way that fosters positive development and healthy forward-thinking and refers to how an individual responds to challenges and setbacks. It takes more than motivation or resilience to face challenges in today’s society. 

Tags : Student Engagement, Student HOTS


What is Restorative Discipline?

Posted on March 11, 2020

What is Restorative Discipline?

Restorative Justice, also known as Restorative Discipline, in education is a movement that is beginning to gain momentum in School Districts throughout our Country.  Educational Institutions have for many years used a zero-tolerance policy where students were disciplined according to the policy of the School District which had an ideology that “zero-tolerance” was the way to discipline students for infractions rather than changing the behavior of the student. Restorative Discipline helps to create an environment where students make better choices rather than punishing students for their infractions. Restorative school discipline is people-focused. It is based on accepting that positive and supportive relationships are crucial for learning to occur in schools. With restorative discipline, conflicts are addressed by having the students make amends for their infractions. Restorative school discipline utilizes strategies that were developed and validated through decades of behavior management intervention research. It differs from a  behavior management approach because it starts with relationships and interaction perspectives where the focus is on the whole-school organization and culture.

Tags : Cultural Responsive Teaching, Discipline


3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Posted on March 04, 2020

3 Ways to Elevate Your Students’ Thinking Using Higher Order Thinking Skills

Discovering new ways to stretch and connect students thinking in the classroom is key in preparing students for success in the real world. Whether you are teaching students how to infer information, understand facts, or connect them to different concepts, students using Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) are understanding concepts on more advanced levels rather than just memorizing them. This distinguishes critical thinking skills from low-order learning outcomes such as those attained by mere memorization. By doing so, not only are connections made but the material is understood in a way that students can experience a sense of ownership.

Tags : Student HOTS


What is Fundamental Foundation Session (FFS) & The Equity Pipeline?

Posted on February 26, 2020

What is Fundamental Foundation Session (FFS) & The Equity Pipeline?

How many teachers are 100% ready to enter the classroom on their first day of school? Most educators long to be effective and make a difference but start the year off feeling like they are left to sink or swim. YES, Inc’s mission is to ensure that children have access to effective educators. As part of our vision, this week our agency kicked off our annual Fundamental Foundations Session I, to vet teacher and resident candidates for our partner districts for the 2020-2021 school year. This week’s blog will explain what Fundamental Foundation Session is and layout how the Equity Pipeline helps our mission.

Tags : Recruitment, Teacher Preparation


What is a Multicultural Classroom?

Posted on February 19, 2020

What is a Multicultural Classroom?

 


4 Ways Teacher Turnover is Hurting Education

Posted on February 12, 2020

4 Ways Teacher Turnover is Hurting Education

Teacher retention seems to be an ongoing conversation. “Why are teachers leaving?” and “Where are they going?” are among other recurring questions surrounding the issue. This is not a surprise since a large factor in the effectiveness of a school is based on the school’s ability to hire and retain effective educators. In the past, teacher shortages have led districts to hire teachers who are not fully prepared or qualified to teach. In fact, 90% of all teacher shortages are caused by teachers leaving the profession. Most teachers leave due to dissatisfaction with teaching. For these reasons, teacher attrition in the United States is twice as high as in most high-achieving countries. This blog will identify 4 ways teacher turnover is hurting education all over the nation.

Tags : Retention


5 Tips For Effective Trauma Informed Teaching

Posted on February 05, 2020

5 Tips For Effective Trauma Informed Teaching

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you woke up and thought to yourself “today isn’t going to be my day?” or maybe that good old “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed” moments? Some people can shake it off and go about their day. The reality is, nearly half the children in the United States wake up and go to school feeling this way on a regular basis due to some type of trauma they experience. Trauma can have huge effects on their learning, development, behavior and even violent aggression in the classroom. Today’s blog will provide you with information on trauma informed teaching and give you 5 tips that will help you consider more effective trauma informed practices for your classroom.

Tags : Classroom Management


EEP Educator Journey: It's Impossible for you not to grow!

Posted on January 29, 2020

EEP Educator Journey: It's Impossible for you not to grow!

This summer we sat down with Dana Fornabaio, Assistant Principal from Southwest Preparatory Schools, to find out how the Educator Effectiveness Process (EEP) has helped her grow as an educator. 

Tags : SLI2019, Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Evaluations


The Evolution of Teacher Evaluations

Posted on January 22, 2020

The Evolution of Teacher Evaluations

The question of “What does good teaching look like” has been reemerging for centuries. Since the early 1700’s people have depended on individuals with extensive education such as clergy and government officials to conduct the world’s earliest teacher observations. The purpose of teacher observations was to observe the classroom and make judgments about teacher instruction. Sound familiar? The idea of an ideal way of instruction in the classroom has always been a constant in the world of education.

Tags : Teacher Evaluations


5 Ways to Continue Growing as an Educator Everyday!

Posted on January 15, 2020

5 Ways to Continue Growing as an Educator Everyday!

 

Tags : Professional Development