Top 10 enhancements of summer 2018

A lot has changed in Campus Learning since last spring! To introduce you to some of what’s new, we’ve compiled a Top 10 list: 

  1. Google Drive submissions scoring – There is a new interface for scoring Google Drive submissions. You can view the Google Drive file the student submitted and score their submission on the same screen. The score will go directly to Grade Book and you can move right to the next student submission. Continue reading “Top 10 enhancements of summer 2018”

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”

Introducing Campus Learning Home

With Campus Learning comes a new resource for teachers – Campus Learning Home.

Campus Learning Home is your first stop as a teacher in learning about Infinite Campus and the tools that are included with your Campus Learning license. Campus Learning is growing and expanding quickly, so we wanted a way to get information out to you that is easy to find and use. Continue reading “Introducing Campus Learning Home”

Getting a better picture of your students

See scores and student work across time

When I was teaching 10th grade English, each year I knew my students would come with a mix of abilities. Some would come to me reading at grade level, some would be reading at a post-high school level, and some would be reading at 8th, 6th or even a 2nd grade level. Reading level was just the start. I would want more specific information about each student before each unit and each new set of standards. It was my job to figure out Continue reading “Getting a better picture of your students”

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”

Use rubrics? We need your help!

I am on a mission to gather your insights on the use of scoring rubrics to help our development team as they build a rubric-scoring tool this summer. Your help is needed because I know there are many ways teachers use scoring rubrics. The schools I taught in had guidelines around scoring – but the guidelines were different at the different schools. I want to understand your needs so this becomes a tool you are excited to use! Continue reading “Use rubrics? We need your help!”

“It cut my workload in half”

Teachers experience new Turnitin functionality with Campus Learning in closed beta program

Teachers at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, NY took part in a closed beta program integrating Turnitin with Campus Learning. How did it go?

“In a nutshell, it cut my workload in half,” said Michael la Liberte.

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Michael la Liberte, photo submitted

He went on to explain that, prior to the integration, “I would create the assignment in Infinite Campus and then I’d have to create the assignment again in Turnitin.com.” And that wasn’t Continue reading ““It cut my workload in half””

Use Student Data with Score Analysis

Individualize instruction based on the newest data in your Campus Grade Book

I don’t even know how many ways I tried to use formative data in my classes in a timely way. It was so hard because it took so much time. Even if my assessment

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was short and easy to score, sorting those scores and analyzing the results piece by piece to look for gaps in understanding took time. Sometimes I would only get through one or two periods worth before I had to get myself home, make supper, and go to bed. Then I’d need to be in my classroom at 6 a.m. to try to finish the rest or hope I could whip through them during my prep, provided I didn’t need to cover another teacher’s class. Sometimes I would just apply the weaknesses of first hour to the sections later in the day, foregoing the idea of individualization for hoping I was meeting the needs of most. Continue reading “Use Student Data with Score Analysis”

Growth Mindset changed my classes

Teaching growth mindset can change the culture of a class.

 

Last year, I was part of a team of teachers who decided to spend a week of our homeroom/advisory time teaching sixth graders about growth mindset. Our decision to teach about mindsets was made toward the end of the school year in an effort to respond to some of the negative fixed mindsets we were noticing. While I would recommend starting the year with an introduction to growth mindset with follow up throughout the year, even starting it three-quarters of the way through, we saw positive changes! All of the students in the sixth grade received the same message about challenging themselves and being more aware of their learning. If a task was particularly easy for a student, others in the class would remind them to challenge themselves. It was the beginning of a change in culture.

What is Growth Mindset?

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