First of all, if you are moving and grooving with Wixie, congratulations!
If you want to become even more of a Wixie rock star this summer, build your expertise with more advanced teacher tools like assessments and the standards grid. And if you haven't already, it's time to start sharing the great things you are doing!
Step 1: Build your knowledge of Wixie features
The power of Wixie for student learning isn't in what it can do, but what your students do with it. Wixie also includes teacher management tools that can help you be more effective with your Wixie integration.
Wixie's assessment tools help teachers develop checklists, rubrics, and pass/try again style assessments for student work. Create rubrics from scratch, or start with one of Wixie's pre-made assessments and customize it for your project.
Assessments can be attached to activities and any original student projects ready to be scored when the project is finished. As students are working, they can simply click the Wixie button to view the assessement criteria for the project.
Explore the video below to learn how to create and edit your own rubric-style assessments, connect them to assignments and projects, and use them to evaluate completed student work.
Did you know student work can be connected to standards? If your students have used an activity from the library it is likely arleady connected to Common Core standards (or the VA SOLs and TX TEKS). One of the ways you can view student work in Wixie is through a standards grid.
When you choose the subject you want to view, Wixie will display the text of the standards along with the number of activities the student has completed toward master of that standard. The percentage is the score they earned for that work. You may have to attach an assessment to their work and you will have to grade it, but if you do, the percentage will appear after the number of tasks they have completed.
Spend some time exploring the Standards grid for your students from last year. If you didn't connect standards to their work, the grid won't be accurate, but this can tell you a lot about where you focus your energy. If you see gaps you know you want to fill next school year, click the Backpack to see ideas from the Activities library that match this standard.
Step 2: Start sharing your work with Wixie
I love how lots of teachers are selling their classroom curriculum materials on sites like Teachers Pay Teachers, but I still hear way too many educators tell me their work isn't good enough to share with someone else.
If you took the time to create something from scratch, you likely went online to see what other teachers did. So post your idea on a blog or share it through Wixie with other teachers at your site.
And finally, if you haven't already begun building your Personal Learning Community (PLC) with Twitter, it's time to begin connecting with other like-minded educators on social media and start tweeting your own horn!
Have a great summer!