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

Gary FalconSchool Management

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 … Read More

Social-Emotional Learning basics for your school

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

The idea that social and emotional learning is a crucial part of education isn’t a new one. SEL has been an integral part of curriculum in lower elementary grades for decades, but typically loses classtime in favor of academic instruction as students get older. Looking for a primer on what SEL is? Look no further. SEL consists of five main … Read More

Check out these five resources for arts and humanities curriculum development

Gary FalconTeacher Resources

In recent years STEM has evolved into STEAM, incorporating arts into STEM activities. There are lots of places to look for inspiration as you are trying to start planning your courses and lessons for your non-STEM courses. 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 … Read More

Gamify your classroom with these 5 tips

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

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. Liz … Read More

Get your STEM curriculum planning underway with these resources

Gary FalconTeacher 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 … Read More

Happy holidays from Twine

Gary FalconSchool Management

It is hard to believe 2018 is nearly over. As the relief of winter break edges near, we’d like to take the time to wish you a wonderful and restful holiday season. Too often, teachers and school staff charge into winter break with intentions of revamping lesson plans, doing prep for next semester, or even finishing up grading and grade … Read More

Make applications and admissions easy and seamless

Gary FalconProduct Features

One of the most important processes you’ll create as you open your new school is taking applications from, and admitting, new students. As we talked about in our guide to starting a new school, students are the backbone of your school – they’re the reason you’ve undertaken this task, right? So, how do you handle the (hopefully) huge interest in your … Read More

New group types to help learning and operations at your school

Gary FalconProduct Features

As you might have seen in previous blogs, groups are a great feature of Twine that allow teachers, students, parents, and staff to work together, plan, and discuss based on any group or organization you can think up. This fall, we’ve introduced three new types of groups to help schools and families get even more from Twine. Professional Development Groups — … Read More

Make the jump from website to full LMS with Twine

Gary FalconProduct Features

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 … Read More

Documenting student learning is now easier than ever

Gary FalconProduct Features

One of the most popular features of Twine is the ability to provide evidence of learning using nontraditional assessments. Not sure how evidence of learning works? Imagine this for a moment: You’re making your way around the classroom, looking over student work and talking with each student about the book they’ve just finished reading. Some students are drawing storyboards to … Read More