My Favorite Teaching Tool: The Stack Audit

Teachers have a plethora of tools in their metaphorical toolkit, and often utilize many of those tools on an hourly basis. Some of these tools are taught in teacher education programs; however, many “tools” are acquired through experience and ongoing professional development once teachers are in the classroom.

Team Building with Your Staff: 3 “Game-Changer” Activities

In my recent post, Team Building with Your Students, I shared a variety of ice-breakers, energizers, and team-builders that you can use with students. However, I would be remiss not to include that so much of student culture at a school is rooted in the staff culture. When a school’s staff culture is prioritized and strong, this models for students what a strong team looks and feels like, and it lays the foundation for the staff to work together in order to create a team mentality amongst the students

Team Building with Your Students

Regardless of age, if you put a group of individuals in the same space, where some know each other and some don’t, where some are from the area and some aren’t, and where some feel overly confident and some feel insecure, inevitably conflict will arise. We’ve seen this play out on 38 seasons of Survivor (can you believe that?!) and in classics such as Lord of the Flies. We also see this play out everyday in classrooms and schools with students, staff, family, and community members.

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