School Spotlight: A different kind of schedule at Avalon

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”

I’m going to ISTE – are you?

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?”

School Spotlight: Avalon is project-based

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”

School Spotlight: Introducing Avalon School

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”

Making the most of conferences

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”

Happy holidays!

What do you do to recharge and rejuvenate your mind and spirit?

Happy holidays! 

I suspect you are going into this break exhausted, but I hope you also feel the appreciation and gratitude of your students, families and community. I remember receiving many wishes for a happy holiday or a pleasant break, but the ones that stay with me are the unexpected little cards or notes I occasionally received from students.  Continue reading “Happy holidays!”

Blogs I follow

My goal with Teachers On Campus is to provide relevant information to teachers who use Infinite Campus. There tends to be more information here for teachers with access to the Campus Learning LMS because an LMS is more central to your work. But teaching is a whole lot more than just the tools in Campus, so I also include information about topics I think benefit every teacher. In this post I give a shout out to a few of the blogs I follow in the hopes one of them gives you something you need.  Continue reading “Blogs I follow”

What conferences are you going to this year?

My goal in the Teachers On Campus blog is to make teachers’ lives a little easier and provide helpful information. In order to do that, I want to connect at conferences this year to hear about current concerns and challenges. Continue reading “What conferences are you going to this year?”

Finding Money

Teachers often have big plans and big ideas at the beginning of the school year, but there isn’t always money to make those plans a reality. Luckily, there are options available for teachers to help fund those projects in addition to grants and teacher stores. They include one I got to see in action first hand last year, DonorsChoose.org. Continue reading “Finding Money”

Growth Mindset Part 2

Your role as a teacher

Growth mindsets are important for students (for more information on growth mindsets for students, see  this blog post), but just as important is your understanding of your own mindset as their teacher.

Good intentions can backfire

We know teacher interactions with students are important. You want to have a positive impact on students’ lives – that’s why you’re a teacher. Continue reading “Growth Mindset Part 2”