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It’s getting to be the final push before winter break – one of the most hectic times of the year. You are wrapping up units, evaluating assessments and projects, and leading or attending concerts, ceremonies and other annual events. It’s exciting and exhausting. Plus, you are always aware of the kids who aren’t excited about the break. A break for some means uncertainty and/or inconsistent meals, shelter and safety. They might be acting out in class. This time of the year can also be sad and stressful.
You will do your best to do all the things you need to do before break. Over break many of you will also continue planning lessons, evaluating student work, and coaching or helping students in other ways. I’m not the sort of person who wants to tell you what to do, but after my years teaching and numerous breaks where I spent the first half sick and recovering and the second half working, I do want to remind you to take some time for yourself.
To be there for your students, you need to be healthy and refreshed after break. How you become refreshed is different for everyone. It might mean spending time with family, finding time to exercise or volunteer, or meeting up with old friends. And, yes, it can also mean reading all those student essays so they aren’t hanging over your head – but try to strike a balance.
Whatever you do over your break, I hope you come back rejuvenated and ready to give your students your best.
In honor of winter break, Teachers On Campus will also be taking a little break. Please go through the old posts to see what was new for teachers in 2019 or 2018 with Infinite Campus and Campus Learning if you haven’t had the chance. I’ll be back in January to share more teacher stories and introduce exciting new tools for teachers in 2020!
Part 2: The students
This series of blog posts is a little different than what I usually write. The first post in the series explains how it is different and tells the story of the teachers of Spring Lake Park High School (SLPHS) involved in a partnership with Infinite Campus. This post gives voice to the students in the class and the final post introduces a few Infinite Campus employees and lets them share what they learned from the partnership.
Throughout the course of last school year, students in the Technology, Engineering and Design Pathways class at SLPHS visited Infinite Campus twice – once for a tour and to participate in some usability testing and a second time to participate in a Python coding workshop. Continue reading “Infinite Campus Partners with Spring Lake Park High School: A series”
Version .1945 includes a new Advisory tool, Score Analysis for Scoring Rubrics, and a new Score screen in Progress Monitor
November is bringing more new features to teachers who use Infinite Campus! All Campus teachers have a new tool: the Advisory tool. For teachers with the Campus Learning LMS, there are two new additions: Score Analysis for Scoring Rubrics and the Score Screen in Progress Monitor. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll recall I previewed the Score Screen last month.
Last week two groups of teachers highlighted Campus Learning tools at the Minnesota Educators Academy (MEA) Conference held at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN. The annual conference, hosted by the state’s union of educators, draws teachers from across Minnesota. Continue reading “Teachers discuss their use of Campus Learning tools at Minnesota conference”
Learn about Campus Learning at Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) and get free stuff!
There are two sessions at MEA this year focusing on how teachers are using Campus Learning tools! MEA is on Thursday, Oct. 17 at St. Paul RiverCentre. It is free and open to all Education Minnesota members and aspiring educators. Continue reading “Minnesota teachers: free training at MEA!”
Progress Monitor to add Score screen
I have some exciting news for those using standards-based grading. In November, Infinite Campus is releasing a new Score screen in Progress Monitor. This new screen gives you one spot to enter scores for all students, all standards and all assignments in a section! Continue reading “New Score screen for standards on the way”
I am honored and excited to announce the inaugural class of Infinite Campus SuperTeachers™!
The 2019-20 Infinite Campus SuperTeachers are:
- Dione Ferguson at Des Moines Public Schools (Iowa)
- Erika Garcia at William S Hart Union High School District (California)
- Jessica League at Fayette County Public Schools (Georgia)
- Jessica Safe at Durant Independent School District (Oklahoma)
- Melody Brewer at Laramie County School District 1 (Wyoming)
- Jillian Zeilenga at Washington Central Unified Union School District (Vermont)
Part 1: The teachers
This blog post, which is the first in a series of three, is a little different than what I usually write. I try to inform teachers who use Campus about tools available or updates to the software. I also like to highlight some of the cool things teachers are doing, both to acknowledge them and to inspire others with their stories. This series is different; I will highlight some teachers and students, but I also want to highlight Infinite Campus and share a unique way our company gives back to our local schools. Continue reading “Infinite Campus Partners with Spring Lake Park High School: A series”
Whether you are new or seasoned Campus user, I’m happy to announce six upcoming webinar sessions called Campus Learning Tips & Tricks. Each webinar is 60 minutes and you’ll walk away with an update on all the cool new things you can do in Campus Learning. You have lots of choices for dates and times, but they’re coming up fast. Best of all these sessions are free and open to anyone so invite your colleagues! Continue reading “Free webinars for teachers coming soon”
A new school year is a chance for a fresh start and a good time set some goals and focus on the things that are the most important.
My top goal and number one priority is to make your life easier. I want this blog to be a place where I can write directly to you, teachers – to tell you what’s new with Campus and help you use Campus more efficiently. This is a direct line from Infinite Campus to teachers. Continue reading “Welcome to a new school year!”