Teaching Perseverance in the Early Learning Classroom

Do you teach perseverance in your early learning classroom? While perseverance is not the emphasis of our standards, we all know that children aren't likely to get far in school (or life) without it. One way we can foster perseverance in our classroom is to set longterm goals, monitor our progress, and then reflect on and celebrate our success. Footsteps2Brilliance creates a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

Ms. Kathy Jacoby and Ms. Teri Spampinato in California were new to Footsteps2Brilliance this year. They wanted to make sure that their students got the most out of the program, and they understood that using it consistently would produce the best learning results. 

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Making Learning Even Easier: Announcing the Version 5 Update!

We are delighted to announce an update to the Foosteps2Brilliance Enterprise App that makes learning even easier. With the new version, we have introduced features and enhancements based on requests from teachers, parents, and even kids.

studentID

Students can now log in using their Student ID.

These days, students often use their Student ID to do anything from checking out library books to ordering lunch. Now, they can use their Student ID to log into Footsteps2Brilliance, too. On the login screen, children can choose to log in using either their Student ID or their Super Secret Code.

Image of popup when parent or teacher logs in to Footsteps2Brilliance.

Teachers and parents can use their login to get students started.

As an adult, if you do not have your child’s Super Secret Code handy, you can use your own login to get your child started. After you log in, a new popup screen allows you to continue to log in as a teacher/parent or to select a child who will play. Children should always play under their own name, so that reports reflect their unique progress and understanding.

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How to Foster Independence in a Blended Learning Classroom

Adding technology to your early learning classroom can be stressful. However, an effective routine can turn that stress into an opportunity for children to develop independence and responsibility.

A huge thanks goes out to the great teachers in Napa County, California, for sharing this fantastic idea! Special thanks to teacher Molly Beglin.

Preparation:

  1. In preparation, create a login card for each student. Since you’ll use them all year, consider laminating these cards.
  2. Place a photo of the child on one side of the card, and the child’s Super Secret Code instructions on the opposite side of the card.
  3. Place the cards with photos facing out in a pocket chart near your Footsteps2Brilliance learning center.

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Achieving the writing standards just got a whole lot easier.

Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc., just released a completely new writing experience for students in grade 2 and up! My Journal makes it easy for you to address the Common Core Writing Standards--particularly those standards focused on 21st century skills.

My Journal

Based on the success of the classic Create-A-Book activity, My Journal takes writing to the next level. Using the Footsteps2Brilliance App, available on any mobile device or computer, students can now create a digital portfolio of sophisticated writing projects. As with Create-a-Book, students can print, save, and email their creations.

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