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!
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.
Continue reading “November brings new tools for 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”
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!”
This is the third in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. (Click here to read the introductory post and here to read about student projects.) During my visit, the nontraditional schedule stood out as one aspect that was instrumental in making everything work. Continue reading “School Spotlight: A different kind of schedule at Avalon”
This will be my first time attending the ISTE Conference, held this year June 23-26 in Philadelphia. I’m excited to meet and talk to teachers and learn about some of the great things happening in classrooms around the country. In fact, I’m so excited about meeting you that I’m going to give out free gifts to the first 100 Teachers On Campus subscribers who visit the Infinite Campus booth. Just make sure you subscribe by June 15 so I can have your gift ready for you! Continue reading “I’m going to ISTE – are you?”
This is the second in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. (Click here to read the introductory post.) During my visit, I had the opportunity to ask some students about their projects. They were clearly motivated to do the work and passionate about the projects they put together. Continue reading “School Spotlight: Avalon is project-based”
This is the first in a four-part series about Avalon School, a model charter school in St. Paul. As many contemplate the future of public K12 schools in the U.S., they look to schools like Avalon that are already doing something different.
My best days are the ones I spend in schools. Listening to and watching teachers and students as they work is so insightful! Back in December of 2018, I had such a day when I visited Avalon School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Continue reading “School Spotlight: Introducing Avalon School”
A reader suggested I write a blog post on parent-teacher conferences. I like it when people suggest topics so I dug in!
I taught both middle and high school, so while I’m confident writing about those age levels and making suggestions, I thought I should enlist a little help about the primary grades. I reached out to a friend who is in her 21st year of teaching kindergarten in Annandale, Minnesota – Katie Zuehlke. Continue reading “Making the most of conferences”