Before any of that hard work in the classroom can pay off, there is one critically important prerequisite to consider—actually getting students to attend class. That’s why September has been designated National Attendance Awareness Month: to get the word out and help educators and parents make school a place that students want to be.
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Making leadership a community-wide effort is key to building a positive school culture that supports every student. But, in order to successfully move toward this kind of leadership and professional development style, establishing a true culture of collaboration is one of the most important prerequisites.
Too often, we are too busy catching up on our additional paperwork and certification or documentation requirements to find time to work together. What if we had the time and opportunity to share our duties and lessen our load?
While you might not see it reported in school accountability reports, it’s not uncommon for teachers to leave the profession because of a negative school culture where they don’t feel supported or valued. We decided to ask our community of readers on our blog their thoughts on what their school culture currently does well and what could be improved.
As humans, we are conditioned to avoid struggle and to help others avoid it as well, so it can be difficult for a teacher to watch a student stick on a problem while the rest of the class moves on. But, cognitively, it’s the struggling student who is developing the most. Here’s how to get more of that struggle into your lessons.
As many schools shift to the implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) lessons into their curriculum, restorative practices are a great tie-in to building relationships, managing emotions, and giving students and educators an opportunity to build these skills in a way that is productive and useful to all. Let’s dive deeper into what restorative justice is, what the benefits of it are, and how you can work to integrate it into your school’s culture.
Although more money and better working conditions may help, many teachers who are considering leaving the profession are more interested in growing as professionals, collaborating, and making a broader effect on their schools and districts. Here are five ideas on how to bring those changes about in your own school.
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