Classes and schools change and improve, but at the pace of a glacier. You, and your colleagues, need a way to convince yourself that you’re getting somewhere!
After a teacher enters all students' names in an online spreadsheet (we will send you a sample), she scores each kid, weekly, based on the following scale. (Secondary educators assess an average class, neither their best nor worst.)
5: Student Leader = Exemplary student, able to deliver WBT lessons
4: Alpha = almost always follows classroom rules
3: Go Along = usually follows classroom rules
2: Fence Sitter = occasionally follows classroom rules
1: Beloved Rascal = almost never follows classroom rules
0: Amazer = keeps others, with amazing effectiveness, from learning
Newbies: Score all new students a 2, until you know them better.
Tweeners: To avoid grade inflation, When in doubt between two student scores, always pick the lower score.
To ensure objectivity, don't look at scores from previous weeks; use "blind" scoring. The engagement of your kids improves ... but often at a rate that is too slow to notice. Our sample spreadsheet automatically calculates the Student Engagement Average for the week.
In place of test scores, federal and state data, numbers required by the district, focus on your pupils' engagement average. One number, easy to understand, becomes the primary index of a school's educational health. Lift a WBT Campus' engagement average and disruptions decline, teacher morale ascends, and test scores climb. Improving student engagement is the rising tide that lifts all boats.
Need a template to calculate your SEA each week? Click HERE! Be sure to click File > Make a Copy.