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

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms student-centered

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

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 … Read More

Embrace one of these alternative grading systems in 2018

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

There are so many things that make private schools great, special, and unique. One of the things we hear schools promote when talking to us about what they have to offer is alternative systems for student assessment. 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 … Read More

Using flexible seating to make your classrooms truly student-centered

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

Picture a classroom. Chances are, you thought of nice wood desks in perfectly straight rows with a teacher at the front of the room with a chalkboard or whiteboard, right? Supporters of flexible seating might tell you that that is an old-fashioned classroom and doesn’t fully explore the possibilities of a 21st century school.  The idea of flexible seating—allowing students to … Read More

Help foster a growth mindset in your school

Gary FalconSchool Management, Teacher Resources

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? Growth mindset, and … Read More

Making lessons student-centered: try these 3 tips

Gary FalconLearning Management, Teacher Resources

The field of education has a lot of buzzwords and trends that come and go – this is not a blog about one of those things. Inquiry-based learning has been around since Socrates, although he probably didn’t call it that. It is something that teachers likely include as part of their curriculum without intentionally putting it there. It is a … Read More