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The Grid

We are so thrilled to introduce you to the GRID! This exciting new feature is going to make your record keeping a breeze! Now you're able to see a true bird's eye view of your entire classroom's progress in each category of the curriculum all in one place. You'll see where each of your students stand on each lesson in the selected category using the triangle notation to indicate their highest recorded assessment level. And you can take action on this information right here on the Grid! You are able to record multiple lessons for any/all of your students as well as mark Lesson Ideas, all with just a few clicks. Let's see how it works...

Go to <Grid> and select a category of the curriculum with which you'd like to work. If you want to back-date lessons for a previous date, select that date from the calendar in the upper left before clicking in any boxes. If you don't select a different date, the lessons you record will be saved for today's date. Click on any box and a check mark will appear in the lower left corner. You can choose an action for this box now, or continue checking additional boxes for other students and/or lessons. Please keep in mind, you will be assigning the same assessment level to all selected boxes at once. As soon as one box has been selected, the Action Bar will appear at the top with your options to record the lesson(s) or mark them as Lesson Ideas. The following actions are available for the lessons currently selected (highlighted with checkmark) on the Grid:
  1. Mark as Lesson Idea - click the Lightbulb icon and the lesson will be flagged as an Idea, indicated by a small yellow tip of a lightbulb in the corner of the selected box.
  2. Record Lesson - select one of the triangle icons to represent the assessment level you wish to assign the lesson(s) for the selected student(s). Note: Only one assessment level can be selected at a time and will be applied to all selected boxes.
When you click on the desired assessment icon in the Action Bar, the selected boxes will populate with that icon. Once this happens, the boxes will turn yellow, showing that they have been recorded but are still in "edit mode." This means that you are able to select any yellow box again and change the assessment given, overwriting the previous assessment. Only the final assessment will be recorded in the Student's Profile. Once you navigate away from that page, the records will be saved, and you can move on to your next task or begin a new session of record keeping.

Customizing Record Keeping Entries: Elements and Lesson Notes

When you record a lesson on the Grid, the first Element is automatically selected for you. Elements identify the "measurable learning objectives" of each lesson. Some lessons have only one Element, while others have many. So, if you want to record a specific Element of a lesson, other than the first one, you now have 2 convenient options.
Option 1 - Select the desired Element prior to choosing an assessment triangle. Once the box for the Lesson is selected in the Grid, click the "Elements" icon found in the Action Bar to the left of the Lesson Note field. A panel will display on the right side of your screen listing all the Elements of the selected Lesson(s). Check/Uncheck the boxes to select the desired Elements, and click the "x" in the upper right of the panel to close it. Next, click on the desired assessment triangle to record that assessment for the specific Element you selected. Also, before you choose the assessment, you now have an opportunity to enter a Lesson Note in the field provided in the Action Bar.
Option 2 - Edit the record keeping entry after-the-fact, in the History Log. Just click the "History Log" link in the upper right of the page and a panel will appear displaying all the record keeping entries for the currently selected category. You can delete an entry by clicking the trash can icon, or you can edit the entry by clicking the pencil icon. In the History Log panel, you now have the ability to add a Lesson Note, adjust the assessment level assigned, and select specific Elements for that record keeping entry, all without ever leaving the Grid!

The Grid is populated with the curriculum as it is designed in your account, whether the original curriculum we provided or a customized version of your own. As you scroll down, you'll be able to access any lesson in a particular category that is relevant to your classroom. You're able to jump ahead to a specific lesson by typing it into the search filter in the upper left corner of the Grid. This will simply allow you to jump to the selected lesson, but then you can continue scrolling down or back up to other lessons in that category.

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