Pros and cons of ability-level grouping instead of grade levels

Pros and cons of ability-level grouping instead of grade levels

You’ve thought about your curriculum and you know what kind of school you want to be. Things are coming together with your new school planning, but there are always new things to consider. One option you have as a private school is getting to decide how students will be grouped – by age groups, as is traditional in schools, or by ability, which is a newer educational philosophy.

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Gamify your classroom with these 5 tips

Gamify your classroom with these 5 tips

One of the educational buzzwords making its rounds over the last several years is “gamification” of learning. In short, gamification helps motivate students making curriculum and learning more like the video games that attract the attention of our students. Gamification typically entails some kind of task-based challenges with awards or recognition at the end to entice students to participate.

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Get your STEM curriculum planning underway with these resources

Get your STEM curriculum planning underway with these resources

As you’ve started thinking about your new school, you’ve probably put some time into curriculum planning and what types of courses you’d like your school to offer. Although our new school planning guide has some great options for curriculum development, there’s always room for more resources when it comes to thinking about the most important component of your new school. In today’s blog, we’ll focus on STEM courses, but check back in two weeks for some great resources for the arts and humanities.

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Make the jump from website to full LMS with Twine

Make the jump from website to full LMS with Twine

As you get closer to opening your new school, you might be wondering at what point you need more than just a website for your potential students. Maybe you want teachers to begin to plan blended learning initiatives, or you’d like students to research and plan for the clubs and activities they want to be involved in and be able to talk to teachers and club sponsors in the process? Maybe you just need a place to start teacher professional learning communities and content-specific planning? With Twine, this transition can be a snap.

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New tools to help your teachers better present content and track progress

New tools to help your teachers better present content and track progress

Whether you’re looking to expand a blended learning initiative or just make course materials more accessible for your students, having a learning management system is a great way to get students active and working on course work from anywhere they have the internet.

With Twine’s new Course Builder functionality, doing this is now easier than ever.

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Make sure you know your state’s regulations about starting a new school

Make sure you know your state’s regulations about starting a new school

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re somewhere along the process of starting a new school. You’ve probably spent some time envisioning what you’d like your school to be like, and maybe even begun the process of setting your school up. One thing that is absolutely crucial to your success is knowing and understanding the state regulations for opening up a private school.

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Switch to virtual PLCs for more efficient teachers and better results

Switch to virtual PLCs for more efficient teachers and better results

One of the challenges of running a small school is providing the support and professional development that allows teachers to continuously improve and stay engaged These small groups of teachers work together to identify and tackle problems within their school or district and find ways to improve their pedagogy in the process. One way to facilitate better professional learning for your staff is by creating online professional learning communities (PLCs).

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School websites are a crucial step in new school marketing

School websites are a crucial step in new school marketing

having a website for your school is an important step in the planning and development process. Claiming a domain that is appropriate for your school and setting up a useful website is a strategic move. There’s a little bit more to it than just tossing some information up on the internet – think of your website as how you portray your school to the public. Here are some things to keep in mind as you develop your school’s site

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Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

The idea of flexible seating—allowing students to sit wherever they want around the room in various types of seats from exercise balls to milk crates, to bean bag chairs -- has gained some traction over the last several years. The idea is that students, especially young students, need a chance to move, fidget, and sit in different ways throughout the day, rather than being at one desk for an entire school day.

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Make planning your new school a breeze with Twine

Make planning your new school a breeze with Twine

One challenge when working on a large, collaborative project is how to manage all of the steps and keep everyone on the same page.

Twine groups give you and your executive team a secure, organized place to share and store documents and ideas. Members of each group can add feedback, ask questions, and post documents of their own, making groups the perfect centralized location for you to store important forms, enlist the advice of others, discuss challenges, and plot the course from dream to the first day of school.

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