By combining in-class and online activities in a variety of ways, teachers and administrators can create the blended learning program that works best for their class or school. These blended-learning models allow for teachers to more easily differentiate instruction, for parents to be more active and involved in their child’s education, and for students to build technology literacy while working in their core academic areas.Read More
Back-to-school is the best time to think about parent and student communication. You and your teachers are feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and you’ve got an excited batch of new and returning families literally at your door. What better way to start on the right foot than by making communication a priority from day one?Read More
As educators, it is easy to understand that the learning process is complex, messy, and difficult to summarize with just one letter. Letter grades are the norm in many schools. And, parents and families expect some kind of regular feedback for student progress.
So, what are your options as a private school who wants to embrace an alternative to traditional letter grades?Read More
Whether you have 50 or 500 students, handling student placement in courses can be quite a task. Today you have lots of software options to help with this process and ensure everything is error-free. A student information system is can be one of these keys; learning management systems are also important, providing online portals for teachers, students and parents. Which is right for you?Read More
As someone thinking about opening a school, you’ve probably spent some time reading through rules and regulations and trying to determine the best first steps in your process. One thing that can be tricky is knowing all of the different types of schools and what distinguishes them from one another. Some of the differences are pretty nuanced!
We’ve created this guide to help you manage this new list of vocabulary.Read More
With an LMS like Twine, every teacher and staff member has access to a special dashboard we call the student panorama – a comprehensive look at student progress and teacher notes from the student’s entire academic career at your school.Read More
With only a few more weeks left until school starts, you’re probably starting to think about how to make this year run more smoothly than the last. Outside of their regular teaching duties, one area your teachers can focus on is dealing with student clubs and organizations.Read More
These tools are so fundamental – and seem so straight-forward. Yet too often schools spend countless hours compiling grades, filling out spreadsheets and forms, building report cards in Word or Excel, and having no insight into overall school performance until the end of the term when often it is too late to intervene.
What if there were a better way? How would it work? Here’s one approach.Read More
The Twine calendar system is the key to keeping students organized and parents apprised of the many important dates that pop up during the school year. As an administrator, you control the master school calendar for things like holidays, school-wide events or fundraisers and the like. Every parent sees the school calendar and all associated items.Read More
Whether you’re just starting out as a new school or working on further establishing your already-existing school, a good website is crucial to your efforts. 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 or revise your school’s site.Read More
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.Read More
As a school leader who is considering investing in a learning management system, you’ve probably put some thought into how you can get your teachers and staff to support a change. After all, teacher buy-in is an important part of the success of any school initiative but particularly when it comes to something like an LMS.
The Center for Teaching Quality, an organization that works to improve education, suggests these 3 tips to increase teacher buy-in for your next school-wide initiative. Here’s how you can use those tips to gain support for a new LMS.Read More
The way we learn today is incredibly different than previous generations. With the internet at our fingertips, we’ve got unlimited access to most, if not all, of the information that exists. Today’s students are definitely influenced by this move toward self-directed learning, which likely accounts for the rise in popularity of flipped classrooms.Read More
As the last grading period of the school year gets underway, one thing many school administrators are thinking about is enrollment for next school year. It is never too early to put thought into student retention – after all, the financial benefit to your school of retaining a student vs. bringing in a new one is significant. Here are four tips that you can use to help set up a clear process for aiding in student retention .Read More
Starting the school year by laying a strong foundation of parent communication, as recommended in our previous blog, can make a huge difference in parent satisfaction. But what about at the end of the year? As students round the corner to their last few weeks of school, parents often reflect on the school year and their satisfaction with the school. Here are 4 tips to end the year on a high note and have parents and student excited to return next year.Read More
As blended learning continues to gain popularity, you may be wondering how your teachers can incorporate it into your school’s classrooms. Maybe you’ve read our past blogs on how to build out an initial blended learning initiative, how flipped classrooms can benefit students and teachers, or how you can ensure success with blended learning at your school but you’re not exactly sure those approaches fit your school completely? Well, you’re in luck because here are three other blended learning models for you to consider.Read More
When teachers build lessons, communicate with parents, and share resources with students in the LMS, they can share with you the things they do behind the scenes to really make a difference in their classrooms. You can “observe” their interactions with parents, which is nearly impossible to do during a normal classroom observation, as well as see progress in professional development by checking in on PLCs or other faculty groups they participate in.Read More
“Genius Hour” is another one of those education movements that has created a lot of buzz in the last few years. Much like the growth mindset theory that we talked about last week, genius hour is expected to be one of the most talked about topics in education for 2018. So, if you’re looking for a primer on all things genius hour, you’ve come to the right place.Read More
If you work in education in just about any capacity, you’ve probably spent some time thinking, talking, or learning about growth mindset. In fact, TeachThought, an education blog, listed it as the most popular trend in education for 2018.
So, what is this growth mindset thing all about and how can we apply it to our everyday school experience?Read More