What are the best education blogs? DialMyCalls takes a look at our top 12 favorite education blogs to start your classroom out on the right foot in 2020. We owe a lot to teachers. And we at DialMyCalls know the lengths that teachers and administrators go to to provide students with the best education. 1. EmergingEdTech Kelly Walsh is an educator, administrator, and the founder of EmergingEdTech. He focuses mainly on using his blog to discuss how technology can impact education, especially as it changes over time. Walsh keeps an eye on trends in the EdTech arena as they emerge and develop. He also adds his own ideas about where new tools could become applicable. Check out this post on why students should blog as well as Walsh’s take on competency-based education. 2. EdSurge EdSurge, founded in 2011, is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant recipient. The goal of
Every good teacher knows that clear communication is vital to success in the classroom. But may teachers focus so much on communicating to students that they forget another important party: parents. Modern technology such as student notification systems and text communication make communication between parents and teachers easy. If you’re a teacher, it’s important to know how. Below, we’ll discuss why parent-teacher communication is both harder and more important than ever before. Then, we’ll outline some of the easiest ways to stay in contact with parents, even if you’re dealing with a particularly large class size. What Has Changed with Parent-Teacher Communication? Long ago, educated children received their lessons at home. As formal education became more commonplace, many children attended one-room schoolhouses. In smaller towns, the schoolteacher knew each parent personally. In these times, communication was limited to handwritten notes and face-to-face conversations. When everyone shared the same social circles
If you’re a coach, athletic director, or any other member of school faculty with an interest in increasing athletic participation at your school, you may be wondering how you can do so. How can you encourage kids and their parents to join up, and participate in more school athletics programs? If your athletics participation rates are low, or you’re otherwise struggling to get students involved in athletics, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the best tips you can use to increase participation in school athletics. 1. Try to Develop a Winning Program – or at Least a Competitive One If your team loses every event, game, or meet that it participates in, this is going to take a toll on team spirit – and a vicious cycle will occur, where talented athletes may choose to leave the team altogether. They may
If you are a school faculty member in California, Arizona, Colorado, or any other area of the American West where wildfires are a serious concern, you may be wondering what steps you can take and wildfire safety tips you can use to protect your students, and ensure that your staff members stay safe if a wildfire occurs near your school. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the basic things you can do to keep everyone safe when your school is at risk of a wildfire – and give you some tips on what you should do if a wildfire is imminent, and approaching your school. Let’s get started now. 1. Be Prepared – Determine Your Risk First things first, you should consider your risk. Even if you live in an area where there is a drought or a high risk for fires, your school may not be at
If you're a newer teacher, planning a field trip can be intimidating. Field trips are a great time for you and your students – but they require a lot of planning, often months in advance! If you want to plan a field trip, you may not know where to start. That's why we're here with this helpful, step-by-step guide. Note, however, that steps you'll need to take may vary based on your school and their policies – so you should just use this as a general guide, and ensure that you follow all of the proper procedures outlined by your administrators. 1. Decide on a Destination First things first, you'll need to decide where you're going (and why)! For example, if you're teaching a history class, you may want to visit a historic village or a similar site. Teaching biology? Perhaps a visit to a state park for
Effective communication is an absolutely essential part of running a reputable, successful day care center. Whether you are reminding parents about upcoming bills for child care, sending out updates about their child’s behavior, or even developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), proper communication is a must. So, how can you communicate with parents effectively at your day care center? In this article, we’ll take a look at just a few methods which you may be able to use, and give you the details. Let’s get started. 1. Start with a Handbook One of the first things you should do at your day care center- if you don’t have one already- is develop a handbook. Actually, you will need to develop two handbooks. One for the parents, and one for the staff. Both handbooks should center around your mission statement and contain information about the philosophy of your business.
Summer is quickly winding down which is the official sign that winter weather is impending. For school boards and administrators this means getting their schools ready for cold air, icy walkways and all of the other issues that come with the onset of winter. Start getting your schools ready now, before that temperature starts getting dangerously close to freezing. 1. HVAC Maintenance Don’t wait for the boiler to break down in January, schedule an appointment with your HVAC company now. A broken heater in January can shut your school down for a week. The HVAC tech will look over the entire heating system, change any filters and make sure that it is ready to handle the coming cold and keep the kids in school. 2. Check Your Bus Fleet Whether your district has its own fleet of buses or you contract the service out, it is your responsibility
School administrators have to deal with a lot. Teacher and staff issues, pushy parents, difficult children – it can be quite a challenge to deal with everything that’s on your plate. But the last thing you need is to be distracted or unable to react quickly to an emergency weather situation – your number one priority has to be keeping the children, staff, and faculty of your school safe and secure. Emergency weather situations are often some of the most challenging situations that school administrators find themselves dealing with, so it’s essential that you have a good idea of your duties and appropriate steps to take to keep your school safe when the worst happens. In this article, we’ll take a look at some simple tips that you can use to help keep your school safe during an emergency weather situation. Whether it’s a severe thunderstorm, a hurricane, or even
While most teachers take the summer off to enjoy a well deserved break, there are those who brave the heat and disgruntled students. For these daring teachers, trips to the beach are only for the weekends, as their weekdays continue to be filled with lesson plans. If this is your first summer taking on desk duty, try these tips to help you survive: 1) Remain Upbeat While it may be difficult to roll out of bed to an alarm clock knowing that your colleagues are still sleeping in, it is important that you keep a positive attitude when teaching summer school. Your students are likely to be more distracted than usual, but if you enter the class each day with a big smile and bursting with energy, that attitude will soon become infectious, making it a more positive experience for everyone. 2) Plan Lessons that Take Advantage
In the winter, school administrators often have to cancel school for inclement weather. Snow, ice, and extreme temperatures can mean that it’s simply not safe to have children come to school. But it’s often hard to tell whether or not you should cancel school in the winter, and decisions to cancel school can be controversial. This is because snow days are often made up by shortening summer or spring breaks. So how can you tell when you’ve got a real emergency on your hands, and when is it okay for your student to brave the wintry weather? Find out with this handy guide from DialMyCalls. 1. A Snow Emergency Has Been Called by the Government This is a no-brainer. If a snow emergency has been called by the local municipal government, you should delay the opening of your school until roads are clear, or consider canceling classes altogether.
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