As a teacher, you know that there aren’t enough hours in the day to teach, plan, grade, and still have time for yourself. Reflecting on and planning for individual student strengths, areas of growth, and interests can take a backseat if you’re constantly overwhelmed with lesson planning and making resources from scratch. That’s where the Kiddom comes in.
Whether you’re just starting to explore education technology or you’ve already got a set of favorite tools, these four features on Kiddom can help set you up for success this year — and save some precious time.
Juxtapose performance with curriculum
It’s important to reflect on overall student performance, but juxtaposing that performance against the curriculum we used can reveal even more insights. With Kiddom, you can easily monitor student progress over time and analyze performance on individual standards and skills. Key questions to ask yourself: Which students grew the most? Which skills took multiple assessments to master? Where in your curriculum did you encounter the most challenging roadblocks?
To gather insights using reports:
- If you’ve added and graded assignments in Kiddom, your reports are already full of life. To adjust your reports to display larger time intervals, choose the monthly option.
- Your first report, Class Grade Average, is the average on all graded assignments and allows you to identify larger trends in overall student performance.
- With student mastery groups (the stacked line graph), reflect on and analyze changing mastery groups. As the year progressed, did students jump from one group to another? Did one student make irregular changes in performance? Clicking a point will reveal which students are in each group at a selected point in time.
- Use the Class Standard Mastery graph to evaluate the progress your class made on specific standards and skills. Use insights gathered from these reports to start thinking about how you’ll adjust curriculum for next year.
Fine-tune curriculum from lessons learned
Gathering insights on which units need refining can become wasted labor if we never actually get the chance to revise our curriculum. And once the school year gets underway, making the changes we wanted to make can get exponentially harder given time and resource constraints. With Kiddom’s Planner, you can modify your curriculum in moment.
To fine-tune curriculum in Planner:
- Open Planner from the right side of Timeline. If you haven’t created curriculum in Kiddom yet, start by adding a new unit. Add items you’d typically include within a unit like assignments, videos, and other types of resources.
- If you’ve already created curriculum in Planner, easily add more items to it by using the blue + button. To remove assignments or resources that didn’t work the way you thought they would, press the trash button. Be sure to use the insights you obtained from your reports to make the changes you think could improve student performance next year.
- The best part about Planner is that it makes ongoing curriculum development simple, which opens up more possibilities for students to make meaningful connections with academic content. Changes are saved in real-time and of course, your curriculum can be imported across all of your classes.
Build in differentiation early
Differentiated curriculum allows students to meaningfully connect with content, but designing it well can be time-consuming. If you know a specific topic requires a little more remediation, why wait until your students hit a roadblock to design resources? Alternatively, if you know a certain point of your curriculum generates a lot of student interest, wouldn’t it be nice to have exploratory resources at the ready? Use the playlist feature in Planner to grouping together resources like videos, readings, and assessments on a topic for enrichment or remediation.
To differentiate instruction with playlists:
- Open your Planner and find a unit or topic for which you’d like to add additional resources based on your experience teaching it. From there, click the blue + button and add a new playlist. Title it whatever you’d like.
- To get started adding resources to your playlist, hover over the playlist until another + button appears. Clicking this + button will add this assignment to the playlist. You can add as many assignments and resources as you’d like within a playlist.
- Some students love knowing what’s coming up, while others can get overwhelmed by this information. Assign a set of resources or share individual assignments from your playlists, depending on the student. This allows you to match the working style of every student.
Supplement curriculum with digital content
A teacher’s challenge is twofold: lessons must align to standards and engage students with relevant connections. This is inherently time-consuming. To avoid constantly reinventing the wheel and save time, use Kiddom’s Library to find and assign free, standards-aligned resources. Attempts and scores sync with Kiddom, so tracking student achievement encapsulates content you’ve created, as well as premade digital resources from Library.
To explore free, standards-aligned resources:
- Open your Timeline and click the blue + plus button to add an assignment. From here, click the “K” logo to access Kiddom’s Library. From here, do a simple keyword search (e.g. “fractions’) to find a plethora of lessons, videos, exercises, and more. Use filters to zero in on grade level and/or subject.
- Use resources from Kiddom’s Library to supplement assignments you create in each unit in your Planner. This way, you won’t have to create an entire lesson, with all of the resources that go with it, by yourself. And sometimes students benefit from hearing the same idea via another medium.
- Finally, don’t forget that the content from Kiddom’shttp://kiddom.com Library can be assigned not only to your entire class, but to an individual or a group of students.
When the school year gets started, every minute counts. We hope these Kiddom features save you time and help you develop authentic learning experiences for all of your students. Happy teaching and learning!