Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Posted on September 30, 2021

Is Teaching Right for You? Top 5 Reasons for Entering the Noble Profession of Teaching.

Are you motivated and thinking about becoming a teacher? You aren’t alone if you are.  Despite the recent resurgence of the Covid 19 –variant that has caused numerous school closures to in-person classes, many institutions of higher learning have noted a recent uptick in the number of new students applying for teacher certificates.  

Tags : Recruitment, Retention, Student Engagement, Core Values, School, Covid-19


Navigating Education Through Trauma: 5 tips to manage secondary traumatic stress for educators.

Posted on April 28, 2021

Navigating Education Through Trauma: 5 tips to manage secondary traumatic stress for educators.

It is difficult to manage anything without a clear understanding of what exactly it is or how it is defined in most cases. Secondary Trauma for teachers is commonly referred to as secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious trauma, and/or compassionate fatigue. As we mentioned on our last blog in this series “Navigating Education Through Trauma: The Impact of Secondary Trauma on Educators”, there are many symptoms of STS and they are all the result of the emotional investment made by a caregiver. One research study on STS in schools found that more than 200 staff surveyed from across six schools reported very high levels of STS.

Tags : Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Evaluations, Discipline, Educational Leadership, School Climate, School Leadership, Mission, School, Trauma- informed Teaching


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: 5 Ways To Build Commitment on your team!

Posted on March 17, 2021

The Power Of Relationships: 5 Ways To Build Commitment on your team!

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 have discussed ways to help you overcome dysfunctions that will lead you and your team to experience tremendous success and improved productivity. Each week of this series will build upon the concepts discussed throughout the series. This week we will focus on the next pyramid level, dysfunction #3: Lack of commitment. “It's as simple as this. When people don't unload their opinions and feel like they've been listened to, they won't really get on board.”

Tags : Professional Development, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Appreciation, Educational Leadership, Core Values, School Climate, School Community, Commitment on 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


“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


6 Ways to Pivot!

Posted on January 20, 2021

6 Ways to Pivot!

In case you missed this blog serial thus far, we kicked off a new series called “So What. Now What?”. This week is the third installment in our newest series. We will focus on Ways to Pivot, and the ‘So What. Now What’ mentality.  ‘So what now what’ is a process and phrase introduced by Linda Cliatt-Wayman that Dr. Elko stated repeatedly as he worked with the University of Alabama’s football team that led to the teams’ latest BCS Championship Season. This phrase means So this or that happened now what are you going to do and respond?''. The ‘so what now what’ mentality and culture can be used practically in any field and by any person to help you to focus on what is important now. It helps people learn how to ‘win’. If you repeatedly focus on ‘so what now what’ and repeat this over and over, you will begin to make actionable steps toward what matters.

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Teacher Evaluations, Student HOTS


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


Look for Sunflowers in the Weeds

Posted on December 16, 2020

Look for Sunflowers in the Weeds

Chris Hogan, an EntreLeadership personality with Dave Ramsey shares: “Everyone needs AIR”. He uses AIR as an acronym that means, appreciation, inspiration, and recognition. Chris believes that these three elements help us to breathe better. Today is the final installment in our three-part series on “AIR”. As a reminder, the R stands for recognition. As an educator, we recognize students all the time for good grades and passing tests such as STAAR. But what about those who fall through the cracks, those students who are failing? Did you know that sunflowers can be weeds? Harriet Tubman once said: “I was a neglected weed.” Those weeds are majestic flowers that rise to the sun in recognition of its power are like those children in your classroom who are failing. This week’s blog shares a story about Mrs. W., a teacher who stopped and recognized a student and the impact it made. She used best practices such as differentiation and cultural responsiveness to reach a student who was struggling. Take a minute to read this blog. You will discover that you can become the “sun” in someone’s life!

Tags : Insider, Professional Development, Cultural Responsive Teaching, Special Education, Recruitment, Retention, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, News, Techer Evaluations, Teacher Evaluations, Student HOTS, Appreciation


5 Proven Tools To Avoid Teacher Burnout

Posted on November 05, 2020

5 Proven Tools To Avoid Teacher Burnout

 

Tags : Retention, Teacher Preparation