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Differentiating Your Lessons Every Day

Categories: Authors, Instruction

Based on Teaching with the Instructional Cha-Chas: 4 Steps to Make Learning Stick

“My principal says that I need to meet the needs of all of my students in my classroom and that I need to differentiate. How on earth can I differentiate every day for every student? That seems impossible!”

Differentiation is not impossible. There are many quick and easy ways to differentiate your daily lessons (responding by adjusting instruction or instructional tools to meet the diverse needs of each student) so that your students can reach the daily Learning Target (which is one step toward the standard) faster. Read more

Coaches creating trust

How Coaches Can Create Trust in Difficult Environments

Categories: Instruction

Based on Everyday Instructional Coaching

Instructional coaches start off at a disadvantage when teachers associate the coach’s role with change at the classroom level. Even inside a positive culture, if people think you, as a coach, might be attempting change to the structure of norms, defenses go up. But if teachers work in a climate where they feel instructional coaches are trying to help them and learn alongside them, and when coaches transparently share their own flaws and weaknesses in teaching, teachers will open up to their coaches. Read more

Why Educators Burn Out

Why Educators Burn Out

Categories: Instruction

Based on Take Time for You

How to burn yourself out as an educator:

Get up before dawn, stay up past midnight, grade papers, or do other work on the weekends and during your child’s soccer games. Meet with parents outside of school hours—some of whom aren’t on your side. Meet with students outside of class—some of whom look you in the eye and say cruel things right to your face. Create lessons from scratch—that sometimes flop in spite of your very best intentions. Sit in PLC meetings with colleagues—some of whom don’t share the passion that you share and who aren’t doing what’s best for students. Read more