The Gamification of Education

Posted on June 11, 2021

The Gamification of Education

“The best way to create value in the 21st century is to connect creativity with technology”. Steve Jobs

Tags : Student Engagement, Classroom Management, gamification, technology


The Power Of Relationships: 8 Tips to help your team pay attention to results

Posted on March 31, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: 8 Tips to help your team pay attention to results

This month’s five-part blog series "The Power of Relationships!" is loosely based on Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle, as described in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a team. So far, we have discussed dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust, and dysfunction #2, Fear of Conflict, and most recently dysfunction #3, The Lack of Commitment, and #4 Avoidance of Accountability. This week we will finish this series by discussing dysfunction #5, Inattention to Results. We will conclude our discussion on ways to help you overcome dysfunctions, leading you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Remember, each of the five dysfunctions is interconnected, so when one level of dysfunction comes into play, there will likely be a domino effect. If you or someone on your team is unwilling to overcome the other dysfunctions, you and your team will not be effective in accomplishing your result, your mission. It’s important to understand that overcoming team dysfunction is not a once and done type of challenge. Highly successful teams are relentlessly focused on results. They are always seeking to become more effective by paying close attention to the areas where teams struggle the most and working to resolve dysfunction from its root. 

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Student Engagement, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Discipline, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, Vision, School Community, Commitment on Teams


The Power Of Relationships: Five (5) Tips To Get Your Team To Be More Accountable.

Posted on March 24, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: Five (5) Tips To Get Your Team To Be More Accountable.

This month’s five-part blog series "The Power of Relationships!" is loosely based on Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle, as described in his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a team. So far, we have discussed dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust, and dysfunction #2, Fear of Conflict, and most recently dysfunction #3, The Lack of Commitment. This week we will discuss dysfunction #4 Avoidance of Accountability. Throughout this series, we have discussed ways to help you overcome dysfunctions that will lead you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Each of the dysfunctions discussed is interconnected, so when one level of dysfunction comes into play, there will likely be a domino effect. You must take the actions necessary to resolve dysfunction at its root cause instead of band-aiding the symptoms you recognize on the surface of your team. As a leader, resolving dysfunction often falls on the leader because a team will look to the leader for guidance and support; however, if you are not the leader, you still have a responsibility to lead in your area. When you actively seek to ease team dysfunction, it will not take long to see positive results and your team’s productivity skyrocket. “Teams that commit to decisions and standards of performance do not hesitate to hold one another accountable for adhering to those decisions and standards. What is more, they don’t rely on the team leader as the primary source of accountability, they go directly to their peers.”

Tags : Professional Development, Classroom Management, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, School, Resolving Conflict Within Teams, Commitment on Teams, accountable teams


The Power Of Relationships: 10 Tips For Establishing Healthy Conflict

Posted on March 10, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: 10 Tips For Establishing Healthy Conflict

Our new five-part blog series kicked off last week and is dedicated to "The Power of Relationships!" Last week we began talking about Patrick M. Lencioni's research that found five dysfunctional areas where teams tend to struggle based on The Five Dysfunctions of a team, and we started with dysfunction #1, The Absence of Trust. This week we will focus on the next pyramid level, dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict. 

Tags : Professional Development, Classroom Management, Discipline, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Leadership, Resolving Conflict Within Teams


The Power Of Relationships: Dysfunction #1

Posted on March 03, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: Dysfunction #1

Our new five-part blog series kicks off this week and is dedicated to "The Power of Relationships!" Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with various stakeholders is key to navigating change, crisis, and transformation. For educators, fostering relationships in which students and colleagues individually feel valued and respected is powerful and effective. Nurturing relationships so that become strong is especially important for new teachers as try to earn their colleagues' respect. If there isn’t a welcoming and sincere environment to step into they may worry about stepping on the toes of veteran teachers, as well as put up walls if they can’t recognize they are in safe place to adjust to their new surroundings. Teacher relationships with colleagues are important because they contribute to a positive school climate. Without strong relationships, dysfunction can take root, causing all kinds of unnecessary problems. 

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Classroom Management, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, Vision, School Community


Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!

Posted on February 04, 2021

Mission Impossible?: Make an Impact Where you Are!

Of the many firsts that we have lived through this year, Yes, Inc. is kicking off its Mission Impossible blog to celebrate people who have defeated all odds while creating history or have shattered barriers in their lifetime. Inspiration has a resounding effect on people! They thrive on being inspired and often demonstrate its impact by stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging the “line” themselves. As educators, it is pertinent that we embrace education that challenges the mold, encourages next year's trendsetters, and wages war on the “ordinary.”

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Appreciation, Black History Month


“So You’re Motivated, Now What?”

Posted on January 27, 2021

“So You’re Motivated, Now What?”

In case you missed last week’s blog, we continued our “So What. Now What?” series and talked about six ways to pivot. This week is the final installment of this series, but it is one that surely will not disappoint! Today’s blog will focus on inspiration and motivation that teachers can use from some of the greatest moments that made history last week.  During President Biden and Vice President Harris’s inauguration, the powerful and awe-inspiring poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ read aloud and performed during the nation’s inauguration’s youngest and first-ever youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman. At a young age, Amanda was encouraged by her mother, an English teacher, to begin writing poems to help her find her voice and cope with a speech impediment. Amanda is an example of a young aspiring woman who maintains a ‘So what? Now, What” mentality. 

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, News, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline, Appreciation


New Year, New Goals. Now What?

Posted on January 06, 2021

New Year, New Goals. Now What?

Happy New Year! It’s now time when traditionally most make declarations about changes they will make and think about how they will become better versions of themselves. Right now, you might be feeling exhausted, stuck, and unmotivated as the first quarter of 2021 begins due to the many effects from the previous year that have turned our world upside down. There is hope for a better year! Now is the perfect time to stop and think about what you are going to do next.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, News, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline


10 Children’s Books that Promote Diversity Awareness

Posted on November 18, 2020

10 Children’s Books that Promote Diversity Awareness

Reading books with your students that promote diversity awareness can be a great way to introduce discussions about identity, cultural awareness, and the importance of diversity. Classroom discussions on diversity may help students learn valuable lessons about how to appreciate and be more accepting of people who are different.  At the same time, when children have access to books with characters that they can relate to, it can help them to make important connections about their identity. At some point, everyone was a child and can probably relate to wanting to feel like they belong and wanting to feel valued for their identity. Some adults are still struggling with their identities and feelings of acceptance even today.  One question that can be reflected on is: How do educators prepare the next generation to embrace diversity and develop a strong cultural competency in our youth so that all children feel included, represented, and accepted for who they are?  Educators have a great platform to help children embrace and accept unique differences. By using books with diverse characters and storylines as tools in the classroom to introduce lessons and discussions about diversity, students can not only learn more about themselves but grow a love for reading. The thought here is that having conversations about diversity and differences amongst people will help to fill a diversity awareness gap and help children to feel more welcome and accepted in their environment regardless of their cultural identity.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Classroom Management


Why Educators Should Know Rita Pierson

Posted on November 12, 2020

Why Educators Should Know Rita Pierson

When faced with the obstacles that often present themselves in a classroom environment, teachers everywhere have a common ground. The truth is, they know that teaching is so much more than just lesson plans, curriculum, and classroom management. When done effectively, all of the elements of teaching come together much smoother if students’ basic needs are met. For these reasons, knowing your students is very important to their success in the classroom. We all have experienced the impact of a passionate educator in our lives. There are specific qualities in a great teacher and leader that help these educators have the ability to reach into students and really understand their needs and begin to meet them. Often teachers run into challenges, especially when those needs are neglected at home. This blog will introduce you to Rita Pierson, a professional educator that has caused a rift in education through her passion for teaching and her leadership as she advocated for school and community involvement.

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management