March Madness Championship!

Four O’Clock Faculty has been taken over by March Madness, Secret Sauce style! Eight strategies from The Secret Sauce: Essential Ingredients for Exceptional Teaching have gone head to head and we are down to two finalists!

With each vote that you cast, you are put into a drawing to win one of five copies of the book! Vote in each round to increase your chances of winning!

Our Final Matchup today:

Strategy #1 from the Communication Bracket: #GoodNewsPhoneCall (page 44, The Secret Sauce)

Make a good news phone call home to a student’s family when they do something noteworthy – perhaps an academic achievement or an act of kindness. Calling home for a good reason helps to establish a positive relationship between teacher and parent/guardian and can make a huge difference for the student and family! Share out a photo via social media to recognize the student and share their name on a #GoodNewsPhoneCall Wall of Fame. (Ours is in our Main Office!)

Strategy #8 from the Time Management Bracket: Leave Whitespace (page 90, The Secret Sauce)

As contradictory as this may sound, leaving gaps of time in your daily schedule may actually help you to accomplish more. White space is a visual arts term that is often referred to as “negative space.” Sometimes, the white space left in your schedule can be more important than the activities scheduled. Leave open a thirty minute block at the end of your day to let students complete any unfinished work or get started on homework while you are there to support them. If you jam-pack your schedule, accounting for every minute and every second, you and your students will only find yourselves frustrated, stressed, and angry when emergencies or scheduling snafus arise. White space can become a welcome respite within your overbooked days!

Which strategy is your favorite? Click here to vote!

Check out #4OCF tomorrow to find out who won copies of the book!

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