Creating Fair and Equitable Classes Doesn’t Have to Bring You to Your Knees

simplified class list creation

Where does it hurt? When it comes to assigning elementary school students to their classes, it’s the knees, the back and the head. Why? Because the vast majority of elementary school educators are still using blue and pink paper cards, sticky notes, and oftentimes the floor to come up with class rosters.

The result is the inefficient use of teachers’ and principals’ time and educators who end up with inequitable classes where they struggle to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of their students. Class Composer can help.

Scrap the sticky notes and shred the spreadsheets. Create balanced classes in less time with Class Composer.

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Discover a better way than sticky notes all over the walls

Get with the program.

It’s time to create first-class classes with Class Composer, developed by a former third-grade teacher who has made this painstaking, error-prone process much more efficient and equitable.

If you’re interested in shredding the spreadsheet and finally embracing technology, check out:

3 Reasons Class List Generation Doesn’t Have to Bring You to Your Knees

It’s Efficient

You know the methods for creating elementary school classes are wildly outdated. Paper cards, sticky notes and whiteboards belong to another era, and your improvised spreadsheet systems can’t handle the complex, voluminous data.

With Class Composer an algorithm – not a game of Go Fish – assigns the students in just seconds to their new classes.

Without Class Composer (Does This Look Familiar?)

It’s Simple.

Class Composer’s method is modern, but its look and feel are old school. Teachers will input the familiar criteria into an online version of the paper Student Card and run the algorithm. The initial auto-sort will show on the Class Composer screen, and then they can fine-tune assignments by clicking and dragging a Student Cell (a miniature version of the online Student Card) to another class. Data totals for each criteria, which are color-coded for categories like reading levels, instantly update, revealing a nice visual of how the class is balanced. And those special placement requests? They are auto-honored.

Better Data is in the Cards.

With Class Composer there’s more in the cards than finalizing class assignments for the next year. The Student Card and Student Cell can be tapped year-round for other data-based decision-making. Teachers will have instant access to their new students’ prior Student Card records at the start of the new school year, allowing them to make instructional decisions much sooner. The system is a central repository for all important student data – a live source from which teachers can pull information for productive Professional Learning Communities.  It’s also a powerfully efficient tool for principals and teachers to create flexible student groupings using the Virtual Whiteboard feature.

Try Class Composer Today

With Class Composer, teachers and principals will save hours during the class list creation process.  But more important is the outcome of balanced classes.  When using Class Composer elementary schools can ensure the creation of positive learning environments where teachers can better meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of their students. 

We also offer free trials and our Sandbox allows for a quick hands-on experience in a test school with pre-filled demo student data.   See for yourself how simple it is to use!

Author

  • Mike Cronley

    Mike Cronley is the CEO and Co-founder of Class Composer. He taught 3rd grade for 12 years at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary in Westminster, Colorado.