Class Manager Tip #1 – Making Classroom Life Easier

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Class Manager Can Save You Valuable Classroom Time!

We all know that spending time on the planning of a lesson pays off with dividends when we teach the lesson with students. It is much the same with setting up your classes in Class Manager. Some questions to ask yourself as you start:

  • How do I plan to assign work to students?
  • Will I want to set up separate classes by subject or period?
  • Will I want to differentiate within those classes and set-up groups?

Class Management Options

Let’s think about the options and how they could work for you.

How do I plan to assign work to students?

If you have a single multiple-subject classroom, this may be simple. Your answer could be to just assign a lesson to the entire class. In that case, setting up a single class will work.

If you have multiple classes, and you’ll want to assign the same lesson to multiple classes, we recommend that you create a class for Period 1, Period 2, Period 3, etc.

Will I want to set up separate classes by subject or period?

Elementary teachers or teachers with self-contained classrooms are most satisfied with creating a class for each subject that they teach. It makes sense, right? It matches our gradebook and makes porting grades painless.

Middle school and high school teachers may name their classes by subject or periods – whichever works – for ease of assigning work.

The secret sauce: Will I want to differentiate within those classes and set-up groups?

  • Use groups when you want to assign different editions of a lesson. For instance, with one of our roller coaster Performance Tasks, you’ll have the option of assigning different roller coasters found in the United States. The lesson structure will be the same, but the data will change for each roller coaster.
  • Use groups when you want to differentiate for students who need more supports or are independent learners or are gifted and talented or have common interests.

Before you move to assign a lesson to groups, set them up in Class Manager. Here’s how.

Setting Up Classes and Groups with Class Manager

  • Click on the Class Manager icon from your NextLesson dashboard or from the orange dropdown menu found on the top right of each page
  • Click +Add a Class
  • Input your class information; all fields are optional
  • Change the class icon by clicking on the default NextLesson arrow icon image
  • Click Save
  • Google Classroom users will see a Sync button at the top of the Class Manager screen. Learn more about syncing with Google Classroom.

Once you have set up your classes in Class Manager, you will want to share the join code with your students and you can then assign or share lessons with them.

Sharing a Class (inviting students)

  1. Click on the Class Manager icon from your NextLesson dashboard or from the orange dropdown menu found on the top right of each page
  2. Select the class you wish to share from the My Classes list
  3. Provide students or co-teachers with the class join code *If your computer is connected to a projector/monitor, you can enlarge the class code so that it can be easily read by students across the room by clicking on the double arrow icon found on the top right corner of the join code
  4. Students will go to their Class Manager and input the code you have provided there. *If this is their first time on NextLesson, they will enter the code you provided as part of the signup process.

You’ve set up your first class! Congratulations!

Explore Class Manager some more on NextLesson!

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