ClassHero is not just a math practice app for the students; it's a tool for teachers to apply what they are teaching in the classroom. However, just like any tool, it must be used correctly to be effective. This article will discuss proven best practices to implement ClassHero into your classroom.
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ClassHero provides unique incentives to learn math in the form of Hero Badges. These badges are earned through frequency of practice sessions by students. Each badge has a number on it corresponding to the number of sessions it will take to achieve it.
When a student first signs into the ClassHero student app, they will be prompted to select their first Hero Badge to work towards. We recommend encouraging students to start by selecting a badge that takes less time to earn. Earning a reward sooner provides quicker gratification and encourages continued effort in the lessons.
The picture above shows the Hero Badge for Grace Hopper. Her badge takes 15 sessions to complete. If students are only practicing once per day (recommended), than this badge will take 15 days for a student to complete. This might be too long and discourage students from attaining their first badge.
If a student has selected a reward that they no longer want to work towards they can change to a new one without losing their progress. All the puzzle pieces that the student has earned on their previous reward will be transferred to their new one.
Read Choosing a Reward Article.
Frequency of Lessons
When students log into the ClassHero app, they will see all of the lessons you have assigned them from your teacher dashboard. This being said, it is important that you only assign a few lessons at a time (we recommend 3 based on what you are teaching). You should assign and unassign lessons weekly to ensure material is current and challenging.
We also suggest that you assign one 10 minute ClassHero session per day to keep the students excited about practicing.
The risk of assigning too many lessons is students feeling overwhelmed. In addition, their learning may be slowed because their attention is spread over many subjects.
Assigning the 'Correct' lessons
While there are no 3 'correct' lessons for any given class. You should be assigning lessons that are directly related to what you are teaching. Since they're are limited tutorial resources in ClassHero, students should have a decent understanding of the lesson material.
Learn more about Assigning Lessons.
If you assign lessons unrelated to what you are teaching or uncovered material, students may not be successful in ClassHero.
Monitor, Resolve Action Items, & Manage Assignments
Every day your students practice, ClassHero will create action items and a practice summary for you to review. Resolve the action items before or after practice each day to ensure a healthy experience.
Your practice summary shows which students are meeting, approaching or below practice goals. This gives you a snapshot of the skill fluency of your class.
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