On August 16, 2017, a couple of us gathered in the library to talk about ways we start the school year. Add yourself to the Schoology course to join the conversations: 8TGGV-7R5F3.
New things that teachers are trying in their classrooms:
- Classroom jobs – Natalie is assigning roles for systematic task automation. Here’s an example from Molleen!
- Creating HyperDocs in Google Slides: self-paced unit so there is more time to clarify content. Example from Laura.
- Social Location project – a project that brings and connects perspective on is a set of information to speak to a person’s vantage point in society – Molleen’s project.
- Flipped classroom techniques – Zach is exploring how class time can be more for review and peer collaboration.
Start of the School Year Takeaways:
How can I be more efficient in starting off the school year?
You are already expected to create course information sheets in order to lay out the expectations for students and parents. You could vary the way in which you provide the information and how you follow up with students/parents.
- CIS Assignment: Go paperless by using a digital CIS (try a combo of Google Sheets, Slides, Schoology quiz, or Schoology completion rules)!
- CIS Assessment: Have students take a CIS quiz via Google Forms or a Schoology quiz. This could be part of the assignment or separate. Vary it up by randomizing questions from a Schoology test bank.
- Go a step further: If students fill out a Google Form, add a question about something personal to them. See how Molleen uses a Google Sheets add-on “Yet Another Mail Merge” to send out automated & personalized feedback to students.
How can I make mass grade setting edits?
If you realize that you wanted ALL of your assignments to be in a different category, or if you wanted to set the grading period to another timeframe, try using the Schoology gradebook bulk edit feature. It could save you a lot of time.
Should I weigh my grades?
The overall concesus was: it depends.
- Does your department require you to weight grades? Benefits: the effects of the assignment on the grade will be adjusted for you so a 1,000,000 point test doesn’t take over the whole grade. Another example: it could make “essays” be worth the same across all English classes.
- Do you get how weighting works? If you can’t explain it to students, then consider not using it.