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”

Campus Learning Overhauls Discussions

Campus Learning Feature 1905If you used Discussions previously, get ready to be delighted. It is now easier to use, easier to score, and much more versatile. The new Discussions tool allows you to pose a question to your class where students can respond to you and to each other. The layers of conversation are easy to see so both students and teachers can easily follow the conversation. Continue reading “Campus Learning Overhauls Discussions”

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”

Fewer clicks and faster!

Multi-score Editor replacement coming January 28

Do you score your students’ work against multiple standards? Or are you required to have one score count toward the students’ letter grade for the class and another toward an in-progress grade or a standard? It’s a pain to enter multiple scores. Come January 28, this will be A LOT easier. 

Campus Instruction Feature 1905There will soon be a better way of scoring assignments aligned to multiple standards or grading tasks in Campus Instruction. Introducing the new Multi-score Editor. The Multi-score Editor has been reimagined to be faster and easier to use than before.  Continue reading “Fewer clicks and faster!”

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”

Campus Study Guides available to teachers

Are you craving information on how to use Infinite Campus more efficiently? Do you feel like there’s more to Campus than you know but you just don’t have time to investigate? As teachers, you don’t have a lot of spare time on your hands, so the new Campus Study Guides for teachers are broken into easy to navigate sections that let you pick and choose what you want to learn more about.  Continue reading “Campus Study Guides available to teachers”

Copy Scores question added to FAQ page

Campus Instruction Feature 1837The FAQ page for Teachers On Campus has been updated.

There are lots of reasons a student’s schedule might change mid-term. Maybe there was a mistake and fixing it causes a domino effect of changes. Maybe a teacher recommended a switch out of one class and into an honors or accelerated class. Maybe the counselor is just trying to balance numbers so you don’t have 43 in your first hour and 20 in your third hour. Those changes could also happen any time. Continue reading “Copy Scores question added to FAQ page”

Campus Learning makes scoring Google submissions easy

Goodbye Google Classroom! Now you can do it all with Campus Learning.  

I used Google Classroom with sixth graders. There were things I liked about it and things I didn’t like. I didn’t like how hard it was to implement standards-based grading. How could I align an assignment to more than one standard and provide scores for each standard separately? Google Classroom also made me use points for everything. If you use standards-based grading and want your score to align to multiple standards, you have to add them up instead and figure out a different way to communicate different scores. If your district uses something other than points, what do you do then? I also didn’t like the double entry of scores. Not only is double entry double the work, but it adds another opportunity to make mistakes.    Continue reading “Campus Learning makes scoring Google submissions easy”