Soar into the 2024 All-Star Contest

December 5, 2023

It’s that time of year again! Students, start your engines and get ready to soar!

From December 4th, 2023 until March 31st, 2024, we’ll be tracking your progress in Classworks! In the end, the top 500 students with the most time in Classworks and 80%+ mastery will earn an awesome prize!

Why 80%? Because our data tells us that mastery of 80% and above has the highest impact on student growth according to assessment data. Teachers can easily view students' total mastery and time on task scores in the Individualized Learning tab within Classworks. View this quick video to learn some helpful tips to help your students soar in Classworks.

How can you help your students win? 

1. Set Expectations for Students

Before students login and get to work, it’s important to communicate your expectations. Students should know how to log in, which assignments to complete, and how long they should spend working in Classworks each day. If students are new at using Classworks this year, be sure they’ve seen these helpful videos.

Pulling families into the conversation can also ensure that students remain on task and goals are being met.

2. Build in Designated Classworks Time

One trend we’ve noticed year after year is that the schools with specific Classworks time built into their weekly schedules are always on the list. Whether you have built in extended learning time, pull-out time, or you are using classroom time to support struggling students, Classworks can easily fit. Learn more here.

3. Model Lessons

Before students dive in, it’s always a great practice to model a particular set of activities or workflow for students. This way, students understand how a particular activity is meant to be completed or progressed through. This is also a good opportunity to restate expectations as well as demonstrate the correct ways to turn in assignments.

4. Monitor and Reassign

Teachers can help students meet the mastery thresholds by reassigning activities that do not meet the 80% threshold and letting students try again. Remember, if at first you don't succeed, try again! 

5. Conference with Students

Whenever a teacher reassigns an activity to a student in Classworks, it’s crucial to have follow-up with that student. Even if it’s just a quick one-on-one. If students are just being reassigned an activity without any direction, they may continue to struggle the second time around. 

Watch our free training on Monitoring & Motivating

Motivate and Incentivize! 

Create your own All-Star mini-contests for your class. Check out this great post for some simple ways to inspire success among students. Also, here is a great video introducing the All-star contest to your students and generate excitement PLUS a free poster for you to put on your bulletin board! 

With this years theme as "soar," we know our teachers have some creative ideas to promote in your classroom. We want to celebrate your creativity! If you’ve come up with a unique incentive or strategy for motivating students, tell us all about it by emailing or share a photo with us on social media. At the end, some creative teachers will win a $50 Amazon gift card! Click here for official contest rules.

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