As we enter July (WHAT?!), many of us are dusting off our teacher hats as we prepare for the coming school year. I don’t want anyone to panic, but my local Target already has their “Back to School” bins out…

While we haven’t put our umbrella drinks down just yet, there are a few things you can dive into this summer from the comfort of your beach chair. Today, we’re exploring setting up student groups in ClassMax during the summer and how they can help you save time during the school year.

Student groups can be used for all kinds of things throughout the school year. Some of my critical groups that I always have each year are:

  • ESE students (I include 504’s in this group because they receive accommodations, too, but you could easily have 504’s in a separate group.)
  • ELL students
  • Leveled groups (Level One, Level Two, etc. These might alternatively be labeled “Below Grade Level,” “At Grade Level,” and “Above Grade Level,” depending on how your district levels students.)
  • Table Groups (Table A, Table B, Table C, etc.)

To create groups in your ClassMax account, follow these quick and easy steps.

  1. Put your umbrella drink down for just a quick minute. I promise this won’t take long!
  2. From your dashboard, select the small Grouping icon from the bottom right corner.

3. Select the small plus sign icon from the bottom right corner.

4. Type in your group name. For example, “ESE” or “Level One.” NOTE: If you haven’t gotten your rosters for 2019-2020 yet, you can still create the groups. You’ll need to create one demo student that you can use to temporarily hold the group. To add a new student, go back to your main dashboard and select the plus sign in the bottom right corner that lets you add/import a student.

5. Pick up your umbrella drink. You’ve earned it, teacher friend!

Creating groups now is a simple step towards a smooth start to the new school year. When you have rosters, simply attach students to your pre-created groups and you are ready to go!

Groupings during the school year are helpful because you can assign standards progress, accommodations, and/or behavior through groups instead of having to input each student individually. Additionally, you can run reports on groupings so that you can track data for a particular subset of students easily.

So, what are you waiting for?! Dive into student groupings today and you’ll thank yourself tomorrow!

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