Craig’s Retirement and Other News

14 Oct

Good morning,

I trust you are enjoying the fall weather.  It is very nice not to melt as soon as the outside air hits.  This means the holidays will be here before we know it.

Before I share some tips and such with you, I wanted to let you know that Craig Jackson, one of our anchors here at the RCU with Canvas, is retiring after 32 years of service.  His last day with us will be October 30, 2015.  He has definitely made his mark and has made his name remembered or known.

We will be hosting a reception for him that Friday if you would like to join us from 1:30 – 3:00.  Simply drop us an email stating you will be coming.  We are well aware that many of you have been helped by Craig over the years on many projects – especially Blackboard and now Canvas.  You are likely wanting to tell him how much you appreciate all he has done.  If you cannot join us in person, we have created a Facebook page.  Please go to the page (web address is below) and like it.  Feel free to drop a note to Craig on the page.

Did you know the RCU is now 50 years old?  We just celebrated our 50th birthday.  Over the years we have grown tremendously in expectations and now we do more than write curricula.  Visit our website at the following address to learn more abut us.

As I mentioned a moment ago, we know the holidays are around the corner.  This means students are becoming antsier by the minute.  Classroom management is more important than ever at this time of the year.  Check out some of these resources.

Kindergarten Cop (4/10) Movie Clip – Shut Up! (Funny – we all have felt like this before but not the best thing to do – Ha!)

25 Attention Getters to Calm a Noisy Classroom

27 Attention Getters for Quieting a Noisy Classroom

A final site I will share that I recently found is called Free Math Help.  It has videos and tutorials for many different math concepts.  In our classes, we all have some mathematical skills that we must teach.  This site will provide additional information and help from algebra and statistics to sports math.  Yes, SPORTS!  Something that will catch many of our students’ eyes.

Webinar – Teaching Career Exploration and Employability Skills: Resources for Your Classroom
Monday, October 19, 2015
3:30-4:30 p.m. CT


Join us for a webinar about resources and tools for teaching career exploration and employability skills. This webinar will focus on online interactives, infographics, and project-based lessons—all focused on preparing students for their futures. Concepts covered will include interest inventories, educational and career goals, financial well-being, costs and financing options for postsecondary education, and career exploration.

For the webinar, all audio will be conducted via telephone. The presentation will be broadcast via an online webinar system; however, participants may join using audio only if they are unable to access the internet.

The program is conducted by the New Orleans, Birmingham, and Nashville Branches of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Remember to send all requests for help to the RCU Help Desk.  The Help Desk can be reached by emailing  Please allow 24 – 48 hours for response (longer if it is a weekend or holiday).

We hope to see you at Craig’s retirement reception or on the Facebook page!

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