By Jim Southard
It’s that time of year again! Birds are chirping, days are getting longer, and the school year is coming to a close. While you’re preparing to close up your classroom for the summer, here are 7 easy steps for shutting down your Lightspeed audio system to ensure it’s in tip-top shape when the new school year rolls around.
by Jeralyn Shaw
At Dogwood Elementary School in Heber, CA, where I am the principal, we use Redcat classroom audio systems to assist in teaching English learners. The system allows students to hear distinct sounds that are sometimes less audible during pronunciation. We find this is a tremendous benefit to beginning readers and students learning a new language.
Governor’s Ranch Elementary (CO)
How I Use Redcat:
I remember using my Redcat for the first time on the first day of school. The students were a little surprised to hear my voice coming from the back of the room even though I was standing in front of them. They instantly adjusted, and now I can’t imagine my classroom without an audio system.
by Karen Larson
When I worked as an administrator, we did our best to offer students choices of how to demonstrate their learning. One choice was giving a presentation of some sort. In other words, the dreaded public speaking assignment. Students often struggle with public speaking and aren’t confident when getting in front of others to show what they know. They are developing a “fixed mindset” about their perceived lack of public speaking ability.
by Gene Tognetti
During my days as an administrator, I often visited a second-grade teacher’s classroom at my school. Being a middle-school teacher in addition to vice principal, I really needed to get more grounded in effective ways to teach the younger kids. What I discovered over time was that many of the techniques employed in Primary grades were really universal in nature, and not just applicable to the little guys. For instance, use of audio and sound to assist in teaching—and more generally to develop a calm, peaceful, and inviting learning environment—turned out to be a universal tool that can help all students.
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