Ringing in the New Year means to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, create new goals to work toward, and, most importantly, reflect on what worked and didn’t work in your strategies for success. In the field of education, there are always new tactics that can be incorporated into a school’s plan. Here are a few that you can use to improve the communication and functionality in your institution:
Collaborate. Every teacher and staff member is different, which means each one has different pathways for engaging students and colleagues in conversation and learning. Allow unstructured open time during faculty meetings for colleagues to share ideas around topics of their choice. Promote, recognize and celebrate colleague to colleague learning.
Reevaluate Fixed Costs. It may seem as though every year, more and more resources are needed to not only maintain the school, but to also improve it. Before cutting programs and learning opportunities, evaluate money spent on costs unrelated to education. Sometimes equipment can be purchased to save the school money over time by reducing fixed spending.
Take Advantage of Free Online Tools. There are lots of resources available to teachers online, like Discovery Education, which offers lesson plan ideas and worksheets available for download. Smart Exchange allows teachers to download activities for a SmartBoards. Keep researching these kinds of tools!
Engage in Project-Based Learning. As you know, project-based learning allows students to solve real-world problems while learning about a new topic. Not only do experiential approaches to learning help students retention of facts, they foster critical thinking and solution finding skills that will serve students for a lifetime. The Buck Institute for Education has a free project search tool to find ideas for high engagement project-based lesson plans.
We look forward to researching and sharing the best practices and interesting resources regarding teaching and learning, team and leadership development and strategic visioning and planning with you in the new year. Please stay safe and thanks again for all you do to make a difference in the world!
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