Empower Your Classroom: Let's Talk About Assets-Based Instruction

Posted on August 05, 2020

Empower Your Classroom: Let's Talk About Assets-Based Instruction

Let's talk about it! Both assets and deficits have a huge impact on the learning experience. This is the reason both asset-based instruction, and deficit-based instruction have found their way into classroom lesson plans nationwide. Of course, both techniques require teachers to truly KNOW their students' weaknesses, strengths, and more. Who are your students outside of the school walls? What do they love? Where did they come from? What do they fear? All of which are questions that are required with this particular approach. Consequently, teachers benefit a great deal from having quick and intentional conversations with their students. By doing so, you are not only fulfilling the need for students to communicate and articulate their reality but you are also learning more details about who they are. These are important aspects of both asset and deficit-based instruction and they are also what fuels both modes of instruction towards student mastery.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Teacher Preparation, Classroom Management, Student HOTS, Discipline


COVID-19 A Wake-Up Call For Equity in Education

Posted on June 24, 2020

COVID-19 A Wake-Up Call For Equity in Education

The United States is often dubbed the greatest country in the world. Despite this, our great nation is battling injustice and inequities. It is important now more than ever for our society to rise and confront long-standing inequities in our nation and our schools. We need effective leadership through quality leadership so we can thrive. Although we have made progress, people in this country are still carrying around fear, anxiety, and even worse, harsh realities of the recent events occurring in our communities, schools, and the country as a whole. This is our nation’s wake up call. Most of the country has been forced or strongly encouraged to remain inside of their homes during the past 3 months due to the effects of a global pandemic with no end in sight. Many are finding themselves thinking about young children who are growing up in an era of mass school shootings, bullying, discrimination and prejudices and now living through COVID-19. Our youth have experienced their school lessons being cut short, unfinished projects abandoned, conversations left pending, graduations canceled, and once in a lifetime experiences stolen. However, these recent unprecedented times have given rise to many facets of inequity in education that can be evaluated, contemplated, and addressed now. Out of this crisis, a new age in education can be ushered in if we are intentional about learning from our past. Social Distancing Creates Equity Issues in America

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


What you should know: Equity and Antiracism in Education

Posted on June 17, 2020

What you should know: Equity and Antiracism in Education

With the latest events surrounding race in America, one can not deny that there is a shift in the way that we approach cultural topics in education. Because of technology and the accessibility of racially motivated violence on social media, students everywhere are being affected by the racially heated social construct in America today. Effective educators have the gigantic responsibility to educate at a time like this. However, the best learning is lived experience; The best educators understand that connecting those lived experiences to important concepts (with empathy) is key to effective instruction. People across the nation are shaken to their core and trying to fully comprehend how this impacts their schools, their families, and their understanding of reality and safety. With the effects of COVID-19 still underway, we are living a historical event; and you, as an educator, are the glimmer of hope that some students need to feel safe and understood.

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


Social Emotional Learning In The Midst of a Global Crisis.

Posted on June 03, 2020

Social Emotional Learning In The Midst of a Global Crisis.

While the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and homeschooling continues to challenge families and educators globally, it is more important than ever that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) becomes a focal point in our homes and classrooms. Both educators and parents need to continue to work collaboratively to ensure that learning continues; however, while many are hyper-focused on academics, all educators and families need to also have a strong emphasis on SEL for the well being of all children. SEL plays an important role because it teaches skills such as character education and focuses on themes such as building social skills, acceptance, and anti-bullying. SEL can also help improve academic performance when embedded in regular academics. This type of skill and competency is vital for all learners, especially during our current climate. While adults are coping with the rapidly changing environment and society, we must also remember that children are also rapidly forced to adjust very quickly to sudden changes in their lives such as; their learning environment, their daily routine, perhaps the amount of food available or their living environment. Most of the time children are encountering these huge changes in the absence of clear direction (akin to the majority of adults).

Tags : Professional Development, Student Engagement, Discipline


What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

Posted on April 15, 2020

What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

New teaching methods have evolved to keep up with the times and have adapted by integrating technology to remain current with new learning models. Blended learning is a product of our rapidly changing learning environment. While technology shows no sign of letting up, it is all-the-more reason to embrace it for the advantages it brings! Blended Learning is a mixture of learning methods that incorporate multiple teaching modals–most frequently eLearning and traditional face-to-face learning according to the way that it is defined on TeachThought. While education experts continue to debate the efficacy of this hybrid learning, its very existence has challenged them to re-evaluate not just technology’s place in (and out of) the classroom, but also how to reach and teach students more effectively.

Tags : Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Discipline


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