In the week before mid-winter break I breezed by my principal in the hall and she said, “You’re getting a new student after break! Let’s meet to talk about it.” It’s well known that in education the amount of topics teachers need to meet about our innumerable and the time in which to do so… Continue reading You’ll Have A New Student After Mid-Winter Break!
Recently, the communication app ClassTag published a blog post that compared their app with ours, making several false and clearly dishonest claims about our app’s functionality. We don’t mind a little competition and appreciate that they felt the need to compare their app with ours, but they’ve been spreading these false claims for enough time… Continue reading Bloomz vs. ClassTag – Let’s Set the Record Straight
It’s common practice for teachers to send a weekly email with curriculum and event updates to class families. Other than work, I can’t think of any other situation in life where a person would receive weekly emails with a plethora of important dates to remember. These dates I’m referring to directly effect a child’s learning… Continue reading Share Information In Digestable Increments
Elementary school teachers are accustomed to working in a fast-paced, high-pressure, deadline-driven environment. We get the job done and at the same time the job is never completely finished. There are always more parent and student questions to answer. The topics of questions can range from “What are the dietary restrictions for the first through… Continue reading Crowdsource and Save Planning Time
When teachers read books aloud to students it gives the class an opportunity to learn together. This strengthens the classroom community as a whole. To extend these connections beyond classroom walls, try inviting parents to join in on the discussion. I wanted to encourage families to talk to their children about artificial intelligence and connections to… Continue reading Read Alouds Reach Beyond the Classroom with Bloomz
Guest post by Amanda Henderson at safechildren.info Long, hazy, crazy days, the smell of freshly cut grass, and the faint sound of hayfever sufferers sneezing in the distance – yep, we’re approaching summer again! While the hotter months are a great time to get outside and have fun, there’s a reason emergency rooms call the summertime… Continue reading Setup For Summertime: Tips On Outdoor Safety
Bloomz teachers can post student work to a digital portfolio which is essentially a stream of data for parents to access. A student timeline contains awards and a body of work including photos, video, and audio. Over the year you can see how the student has progressed by browsing through his/her timeline. During conferences you can… Continue reading I Use Bloomz Student Timelines Because…
In order for students to thrive, there needs to be positive relationships between families, students and teachers. This year I posted videos to develop and maintain effective relationships with families so that they understood I was able to address each students’ story, strength and need. Here are ten times I utilized the video sharing option… Continue reading 10 Times Videos Boosted Parent Engagement
How exciting to take the class outdoors and head to Soundview Camp with the first through third graders at my school! This was a special trip to me because it was the first time I’ve ever planned an overnight trip for three classes of lower elementary students and chaperones. It’s hard to believe I’d been… Continue reading Off To Camp We Go!