Assignments, or the instruction students work on, can come from several different places. This article will break down what assignments are, the types of assignments available, and where you can sample/preview instruction to add to assignments.
What is an Assignment?
Assignments are the instructional content the student will work on, based on either a teacher’s decision or based on assessment scores. For example: a teacher may decide to have their students work on skills that correlate to what is being taught in the classroom. Assignments might contain units which are tightly aligned to your state standards. Classworks units are made up of a Mini Lesson, Practice Activities, and a short Quiz.
How Students Receive the Assignments
Once you have identified the skill(s) the student should work on, you must then assign the appropriate instruction. These can include teacher-created assignments, assignments created and shared by another user at your school, or Classworks created assignments. Some assignments are generated and assigned from imported test scores (such as your high stakes test scores) or after students finish a Classworks assessment. Assignments based on student assessment scores are called ILP's - Individualized Learning Paths. The skills the students are assigned are based on how the student performed on the assessment.
Types of Assignments
There are a few different types of assignments:
Lessons just for me: This type of instruction refers to assignments that are a part of a student's ILP. The ILP is created for the student (either manually by a teacher or staff member or automatically, depending on the assessment being used). Teachers can monitor and/or customize the ILP through the Individualized Learning tab.
Created Instruction: These are custom assignments you can create and save. Often, teachers will create assignments to support a lesson they are covering in the classroom. These can be assigned in addition to a student's ILP work. This allows the user to create and tailor assignments to focus on a particular standard or skill. Creating custom assignments gives the user the ability to organize units in a specific order, align to a pacing guide, target skills on multiple or single grade levels, or refine by the instructional application.
Classroom Instruction: This is made up of Classworks classroom content (Integrated Reading Activities, Classworks Applied Mathematics, and Science).
Shared Instruction: These are custom assignments other users have created and shared within your school.
From the Instruction tab you can:
- View the details of the assignments.
- View how the Classworks assignments align with State Standards.
- Launch and preview each Classworks units as well as any of the unit components.
- Create a custom assignment or edit a previously created assignment.
- Share a custom assignment with teachers in your school.
- Launch/preview any of the Integrated Reading, Applied Match, or Science units available.
Accessing Assignments from the Instruction Tab
Reminder: You can create, but cannot assign instruction from this tab. You will assign instruction through the Classes tab. Exception: ILPs are generated though the Individualized Learning tab.
To access the Instruction tab, you must first log into Classworks. Once you have logged in:
- Click on the Instruction tab.
- Three categories of assignments will be listed: My Created, Classroom, and Shared.
- Click on the arrow symbol beside Classroom Instruction to expand the list and see all available grades/units. You can continue to click the arrow symbol to drill down to the most granular level needed.
- To create a new assignment, click on the Create New button under the My Created Instruction section.
- To preview units/activities in a shared assignment, click the options button out to the right of it (three dots) and select Edit. From there you can see what is included in the shared activity and can click any hyperlink to launch a unit.
Reviewing and Grading Assignments
Check out these articles for information on reviewing and grading assignments you've given to your students: