August 2021

Power Up with Us!

Power Up with Us!


Your digital toolbox may be overflowing with all sorts of apps, websites, and programs that you added in the last year due to virtual learning. How many of those are you still using? How many are still proving to be effective? You can count them.  

Go ahead. I'll wait. 

There's probably only a handful that you want to continue to use with your students this new school year. As you narrow your focus on these select tools, you may want to run through a crash course on each of them before you start the year. And further, because we know that the vast majority of teachers are life-long learners, why not continue digging into the tools to learn more about how to use them most effectively? 

That's what we're doing this year! For clients and prospective users alike, we're opening the floor to your questions as we focus on a specific topic each month. Our highly qualified and experienced Client Success Specialist team will lead the sessions, providing the basic information on the topics, and then avail themselves for your questions! 

Starting next month, we'll be online and available every Thursday to talk to you about these topics: 

  • September – Learn what MI Write is and is not, as well as about PEG, the scoring engine that powers the program. (See dates and registration links below!) 

  • October – See how you can make reports work for you.  

  • November – Learn how to incorporate more collaboration through our fully-customizable Peer Review. 

  • January – Hear from our CSS team about best practices and their recommendations based on years of feedback and experiences. 

  • February – Take away ideas on how to use prompts for test prep. 

  • March – Learn from your peers! We'll be having client-led sessions where users can share their MI Write experiences (topics to be announced in February). 

  • April – We're always looking to improve. Share your feedback that will help us grow for the 2022-23 school year and beyond! 

For more detailed descriptions and registration information, visit us here and reserve your seat today. We can't wait to see you! 

What Kind of Impressions Will You Make This Year?

What Kind of Impressions Will You Make This Year?

The end of summer for teachers is usually packed with PD days, planning, making copies, organizing, planning, rearranging, maybe even painting, did we mention planning? You plan your first week of lessons. You plan fun activities to get to know your students. You plan out your seating charts and desk orientations. But before the first day of school, you have to get ready for your big night: Open House!  

Your first first impression will be when parents and students participate in Open House. No matter what it looks like, this first point of contact can set the tone for the year.  You may already know some of your students or have even taught them before, but this is still the first impression of the year. A new level or content area, curriculum or set of activities can make it a completely different experience for a student and you!  

If you are looking for some fun new ideas to make your Open House welcoming and organized, check out this blog!  

What if your orientation night is virtual? Consider some of these ideas: 

  • Record live sessions and have them on demand for families who weren't able to make it. (Keep privacy policies in mind – blur faces and names and make edits as necessary) 

  • Have a simple, easy-to-use platform to publish information 

  • Make it fun and interactive when possible! 

  • Allow questions and/or create breakout rooms for specific topics 

After the brief introductions during Open House, it's time to really get to know your students in class. And they'll want to get to know you as well! We know the first few days are usually filled with icebreaker activities and other ways to learn about your students. Think about getting them writing from the get-go. Prompts and other ideas to get you first impressions of your students' writing can be found here.  

We would also encourage you to share some of your own writing with your classes. This will help them see you as their teacher but as a person as well. In these strange pandemic days, we know that social-emotional learning is just as important as any curriculum. Opening yourself up in this simple way may have a bigger impact on your students than you may ever know. 

Make your first impressions lasting impressions!