5 Ways to Use Student Planners for a Successful School Year

5 Ways to Use Student Planners for a Successful School Year

Student Planners Parental Engagement

As a veteran middle school teacher, I have seen many technological trends come and go. However, there’s one tool that I consistently use with students every year that I feel is an invaluable resource, and one that will never go out of style: student planners! Our planner covers are customized with photography and artwork from the previous year’s students, and include cultural components from our large Native American population.¬†They are an item that both students and families look forward to seeing every year because they recognize it as a valuable tool for students’ success.

How can school planners be successful in your classroom? Here are 5 benefits I’ve (more…)

10 Essential Tips to Increase Parental Engagement

Parental engagement is vital. You’d have a tough time finding an educator who wasn’t aware of the benefits of parents taking an interest, and getting involved in their child’s education.

Unfortunately, it’s really not that easy. Parents often don’t show any desire to take a more active role. There are a number of reasons behind this, from a lack of confidence, to a negative perception of schools formed in their school days, and sometimes just not knowing how or why they should get more involved.

Student Planners Parental Engagement
Many of the barriers will take a long term strategy to get past, but here are ten ideas (more…)

6 Powerful Strategies to Foster Student Accountability

Students deserve an education that will not only prepare them for college, but also for the rest of their lives. In order to do this they should be given responsibilities, such as classroom jobs and group projects, which foster a sense of accountability. While this may not be easy to accomplish, the following strategies are a good place to start.

Student Planners Student Accountability
1. Creating Expectations
From the first week of school, create the classroom norms with your students so that they play a vital role in writing the rules that they will be expected to follow. Start with an activity about their goals for the school year. Refer to these as you allow them to think about the necessary steps to getting there. Show them that achieving their goals is a process and will require them to be on task, complete the work, ask questions and work hard. Have your students sign it, like a classroom contract, and hang it up in the room so they feel a sense of ownership in the way the classroom is run.