What A Smile Means For Your School Year

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management

What A Smile Means For Your School Year

How do you greet your students? As we begin the school year, and are buying discount school supplies in bulk, make sure you take the time to pick up a smile for your students. It becomes difficult to mentally sift through the mile-long to-do lists, organizing your classroom, as well as, the number of staff and team meetings you need … Read More

The Power of “Genius” in Your Classroom

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Innovation, The Method

The Power of Genius in Your Classroom

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time, money, and effort trying to figure out how to reach the bottom 10% of our students in your classroom. Honestly, it’s a great place to expend your resources because those are the students who probably need it most. However, when we shift all our focus this way,  a lot of students who may be … Read More

Removing “Escape Hatches” From Your Classroom

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Innovation, Self-Paced Learning, The Method

Remove Escape Hatches from Your Classroom

A common theme I get asked about during my workshops is student motivation, or student effort. No matter what management techniques or systems you have in your classroom to maintain behavior, instilling a culture of working hard, or “grit” as some like to call it, is probably one of the most difficult things you can accomplish as a teacher. A … Read More

Getting the Next Unit Started in Your Classroom

Chad OstrowskiBlog, Class Management, Innovation, The Method

While speaking at professional development seminars and workshops I often get asked the question… “Ok, I get what good instructional units look like but what do I do between them?” This question is very common and for good reason. It wouldn’t make sense to just go from unit to unit with no transition. In all honesty, your students would probably … Read More