Getting Students Back on Track After a Break

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We all look forward to the holidays, and teachers, as much as students, look forward to some time off from the hustle and bustle of a busy fall semester. But it can sometimes be difficult to get back into the swing of things after we’ve recharged our batteries.

Though I’m usually ready to get back to work after a break, the same is not always true of our students, and those first few weeks in January can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you get students motivated after a lengthy school break!

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Top New Books for Educators: See What’s Coming in January

Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in January:

School-Based Observation: A Practical Guide to Assessing Student Behavior
Amy M. Briesch,‎ Robert J. Volpe,‎ Randy G. Floyd

Widely used to assess social–emotional and behavioral referral concerns in grades PreK–12, systematic direct observation is an essential skill for school psychologists and other educators. This accessible book helps practitioners conduct reliable, accurate observations using the best available tools. Chapters present effective coding systems for assessing student classroom behavior, the classroom environment, behavior in non-classroom settings, and behavior in a functional assessment context; also provided are guidelines for developing new codes when an appropriate one does not already exist. Procedures for summarizing, graphing, and interpreting data for different assessment purposes are detailed. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book includes 13 reproducible coding forms. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.


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Top EdTech Conferences for 2018

In the past few decades, technology has become an increasingly large part of classrooms all over the country. With the transformation from traditional, lecture-led instruction to more blended and online learning, many educators have unanswered questions and/or ideas brewing about these changes. Some are surely questioning the value of bringing technology and blended learning into the school system, but there are many reasons to do so! What better way to learn the latest ideas and gain knowledge than to attend an edtech conference? There are many conferences throughout the year so choosing which one(s) to go to can be difficult. To help, here are our recommendations for the top edtech conferences for 2018. Read More

Our Year in Review: 2017 EdTech Trends

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It’s been quite the year for American education, and it seems that we’re quickly approaching the point where education technology is the norm, rather than a luxury. Technology in the classroom not only personalizes learning and empowers students to take ownership of their education, but it also facilitates more meaningful connections. Many platforms open up the communication airways between educators, parents, mentors, and students, thus expanding a student’s circle of supporters. So where did the 2017 edtech trends take us, and what can we expect in 2018?

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One District’s Success with Personalized Intervention

True intervention is about finding a way for students to catch up, keep up, or even get ahead, and it can take many forms. Here, Dr. Travis Woulfe, Executive Director of Improvement and Innovation, shares his success with Camp Journey, a voluntary summer school program for struggling middle school students in Rockford Public Schools in Illinois. This summer school program turned summer camp has seen great success with personalized intervention as they incorporate technology, the arts, and guest speakers to provide students with a rich learning experience, and eliminate the summer slump.

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