Happy New School Year All You Kids and Teachers and Parents! We've Got Another Opportunity To Do Teaching and Learning Even Better!

Unknown“Welcome Back Students, Teachers and Parents!”

That’s the annual battle cry in K12 education these school-opening days. It drives our never-ending K12 efforts to stamp out ignorance and help generate more successful lifelong learners.

We are each and all of us working hard to make that happen, and we don’t give up! Every year we get better at what we do, and this year will be no exception!

So what can we do now to lessen the “Summer Slide of Forgotten Skills?” How can we best get everyone back up to speed, so we can all learn even more and be more successful?

Well RE@L can help!

Here are some answers we’ve discovered from notable sources, along with some other tips we’ve gleaned from our own teaching….

BusRE@L is focusing on the goal of making this year an even better year for both students and teachers. We will continue to share our regular and widely-read RE@L blog column as we did last year. Over 50 RE@L Blogs were shared last year with our readers far and wide.

We have over 150,000 followers to our RE@L site, and more coming every day! We take that as a sign that the content of our RE@L Blogs is worth your reading.

Plus, we provide an easy way for you to ask questions about or submit ideas for our blog topics. We are even open to guest bloggers if you are interested. Just contact us at the email below.

imagesWe at RE@L are dedicated largely to several key topic areas in K12: STEM initiatives with special focus on engaging the interests of girls and women for STEM careers. Among other topics, our RE@L Blogs have addressed: Project Based Learning, Expeditionary Learning, and creating new software and provide the resources teachers and students need to be successful.

What’s unique about our RE@L endeavor is our software and resources are created with input from teachers and students from start to finish. That user input helps us provide a RE@L-time online resource that’s accessible to all. It answers questions, provides lesson ideas, testing suggestions, useful links and videos, and an abundance of other effective tools for both students and teachers.

In the meantime, until our RE@L products are up and running, here are some helpful tips for getting off to a good start this school year:

This first one is for parents courtesy of PBS.org. Just click on the link to the right for the article from Edutopia.org: Back-to-School Resources for Parents.”  We put this one first so parents can help get their child doing some prepping for the school year and right now!

Our most important K12 concern: the learners, the students, the kids…..whatever we call them….need help to get restarted too. So, we thought this article from the Huffington Post is well worth your reading: “8 Back to School Tips Every Student Should Know.” Just click on the link to the left. There are many good ideas.

Unknown-1And now for our teachers, without whose leadership, dedication, knowledge and caring for kids, learning would lag or not happen at all.

Shelly works with schools all around the country helping teachers improve their skills. Here are couple of links we highly recommend teachers add to the Professional Development Reading list prior to the opening of school. You won’t regret it. Here they are: “Back to School Tips for Teachers” click here, and some additional resources from her “Back to School Like a Boss.”click here.

Here are some other helpful ideas from long time Teacher-Trainer/E-learning Specialist, Shelly Terrell, just click on her graphic to the right.

We highly recommend you share these resources within your Professional Learning Communities.

Last but not least, here are some tips from your Blogmeisters, Dale and Tom:  • Take greater charge of your own learning. • Buff up your basic skills so you are ready to learn more complex skills. • Be able to show that you know!

We hope you find them helpful, If you have ideas to share, let us know by email below and we will pass them on to our readers.

OK, the rest of getting ready is up to all of us. Let’s pitch in and make it happen. Please let us know how it’s going for you, or any topic resources we can provide. All the best on this new and more successful school year!

As we say at RE@L: “On and Upward!”

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.