Many kindergarten through second grade teachers recently received confirmation of their Raz-Kids accounts. If you are new to Raz-Kids and are looking to get up to speed quickly, you will want to view one or more recorded webinar session to learn the basics of getting started. These tutorials guide the teacher in managing her Raz-Kids account: adding students, assigning reading activities and assessments, and reviewing student completed work. Even if you will not be using all the Raz-Kids features at the beginning of the school year, this is a great place to go to get an overview of the options available for both teachers and students, and to see what diagnostics you might want to add as the year goes on using this on-line guided reading program.
Have you been thinking about saving trees by cutting back on paper usage in your classroom? If your answer is yes, you may want to consider utilizing Google Classroom. Many of our 2nd-12th grade teachers have taken the plunge and are now beginning to see the benefits. Gone are the days of lugging around back breaking crates loaded with spiral notebooks. Now, you can easily grade assignments with your mobile device, while enjoying some smooth jazz at your local coffee house. Google for Education has a site that is extremely helpful in our cause to work smarter not harder. Here's the link. Follow it if you know what's good for you. I really love the 9 short videos from the Teachers Lounge at the bottom of the page. They are extremely lovely in their succinctness. Video 1 of 9 Ok, so maybe watching videos isn't your cup of tea. Perhaps you prefer reading through material to gain deeper understanding of a new topic or skill. You're in luck! Go ahead a