With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably frantically working to wrap up things from the first semester and get things in order for winter break. Whether you are a teacher or administrator, this time of year can be stressful to say the least. While we don’t have a magic wand that will let you be in two places at once, there are some things that your school management software can do to help you work more efficiently and save some sanity.
For parents and students, report cards are a critical focus at the end of the semester. As a teacher or administrator this process can be tedious, involve lots of paperwork and emails, and likely takes a lot more time than it needs to. With the right school management software, teachers can quickly and easily input grades and have them routed automatically to school administrators. Administrators can see which teachers have submitted grades for which courses, send reminders for teachers to submit grades, and verify the data is complete in one set of reports, rather than scouring emails and printed reports.
Cutting down on classroom clutter
The scramble to get ready for break also includes preparing for when you come back in January. Between lesson plans, handouts and messy shelves, file cabinets and desks, your school has a lot of stuff to organize and deal with. Another great way that your school management software can help is by giving you a safe, secure, and organized way to keep track of all of these things. Students can submit work to learning portfolios, minimizing the clutter of essays and projects stacked up in classrooms. Teachers can store lesson plans, links to helpful videos, digital copies of class handouts, and just about anything else they’ll need for teaching within the system for access when they need it. Using school software such as Twine can make end-of-term prep faster and easier, and can also cut down on printed papers and other waste — a win-win!
Schools often have adjusted schedules, such as early release days and exam periods, as we approach the end of the term. Being able to communicate those to parents quickly and easily is crucial — no one wants to see a sad student sitting on the curb waiting to get picked up. One of the most important aspects of a good school management software is the ability to get information to parents in a way that is convenient for them and will ensure that everyone is on the same page. With Twine, parents can get notifications in a variety of ways to whichever device(s) they use most often, and can connect to get all the details they need from any phone or computer. This allows you to meet parents where they want you, improving communication and satisfaction among your families.
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