Where does it hurt? When it comes to assigning elementary school students to their classes, it’s the knees, the back and the head. Why? Because the vast majority of elementary school educators are using paper, pen and oftentimes the floor to come up with class rosters. The result is inefficient use of teachers’ and principals’ time; imbalanced and inequitable classes that have kids competing for teachers’ attention; and educators who feel ineffective because they are spread too thin. Class Composer can help.
It’s time to create first-class classes with Class Composer, developed by a former third-grade teacher who has made this painstaking, error-prone process much more efficient and equitable.
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You know the methods for creating elementary school classes are wildly outdated. Paper cards, sticky notes and whiteboards belong to another era, and your improvised spreadsheet systems can’t handle the complex, voluminous data.
With Class Composer an algorithm – not a game of Go Fish – assigns the students in just seconds to their new classes.
Without Class Composer (Does This Look Familiar?)
Class Composer’s method is modern, but its look and feel are old school. Teachers will input the familiar criteria into an online version of the paper Student Card and run the algorithm. The initial auto-sort will show on the Class Composer screen, and then they can fine-tune assignments by clicking and dragging a Student Cell (a miniature version of the online Student Card) to another class. Data totals for each criteria, which are color-coded for categories like reading levels and behavior ratings, instantly update, revealing a nice visual of how the class is balanced. And those special placement requests? They are auto-honored.
With Class Composer there’s more in the cards than finalizing class assignments for the next year. The Student Card and Student Cell can be tapped year-round for other data-based decision-making. Teachers will have instant access to their new students’ prior Student Card records, allowing them to make instructional decisions much sooner. The system is a central repository for all important student data – a live source from which teachers can pull information for productive parent-teacher conferences. It’s also a powerfully efficient tool for principals and teachers in discussing the progress of specific students.
Teachers, principals, parents and kids win when students have a positive learning environment. With Class Composer, teachers and principals save time in the assignment process, and the equitable class makeup allows teachers to be effective – even passionate – about teaching. They can give the proper amount and type of attention to their students, who will learn more and have a better school year.
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