New Academic year: Getting started again
Welcome back! We hope that you've had a restful break and are ready and raring for the new year. Here is a list of things that you might want to do to get going again with Classroom Monitor.
- If you've forgotten your password over the holidays then don't worry, you can reset it by following the instructions on the Forgotten Password help page.
- If you're a new user- welcome! You will need to ask the person in charge of your Classroom Monitor admin account for your username and password. (Add user instructions for Admin) When you've got your login details, you can use the following link for help on Using your teacher account
Accessing the pupils you are teaching this year
- In most cases, you shouldn't need to do anything to set up your centrally assigned class or teaching groups. They should have already been assigned to your user account- either through syncing with your MIS or your Classroom Monitor admin user will have already set these up.
- If you have an MIS sync, teachers are automatically assigned the groups that they are assigned in the MIS. However, if you aren't attached to a group in the MIS (job shares, PPA teachers, SLT) groups will need to be manually assigned by the Classroom Monitor admin user (Help on User Management for admin).
- Remember that you can also create groups of your own which can be useful for in-class groups, intervention groups etc. Visit Creating pupil groups for instructions on how to do this. You can also remove any of last year's groups that you no longer need.
Your assessment framework
- Classroom Monitor can be used with many different assessment frameworks and it is likely that you have a number of these active in your Classroom Monitor account. Make sure that you start your assessments in the correct one!
- You may find that your framework has changed slightly in the holidays as many schools have been customising their assessment frameworks. If anything isn't clear about how it is now working, your school admin user will be best placed to answer your questions.
Viewing a group's previous markbook assessments
When assessments are made for a pupil, these are saved against their personal record. This means that any Classroom Monitor user who has access to a group will be able to see the markbook assessments saved last year or in previous years. To access assessments that were made previously, in most instances, you will simply need to load the stage below in the markbook menu screen for the teaching groups that you are interested in. Visit the Class Markbook help page for more information.
Looking at previous tracking data
- You can access historically saved data for any group just by selecting them in Attainment and Progress and selecting the dates that you want to view.
- If you want to view data for a group that existed last year but not this year, in 'Select Pupils' you can use the 'Academic year' dropdown to select a previous academic year- this will then show you the groups that existed in that academic year. If pupils are appearing in the data who have left or you do not want to see, you should untick these from the pupil list that is generated when you select the group.
Making the most of Classroom Monitor this year
- Classroom Monitor works best if you record your formative assessment little and often. Then you can use it to inform your planning and enhance progress. Take a look at Planning with the Class Markbook
- Make sure that you have a relevant graph showing on your homepage favourites to save you time with data analysis.
- If you aren't happy with your assessment framework, then have a discussion in school about how you want to change it before the school year really gets going. You can edit your existing framework or add your own using the Customisation tool and we also have a number of off the-shelf-frameworks available.
- You could simplify how you report on attainment and progress by using your formative assessment data to inform and record a summative judgement
- Keep an eye on our weekly webinar schedule. These are online sessions where we focus on a particular part of Classroom Monitor and give you the opportunity to ask questions. Or take one of our Online courses.