Just like during in-person instruction – greeting students as they enter a virtual classroom is important in setting the tone for the lesson. Get ideas for how to incorporate points into video call attendance!
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The start of a synchronous lesson on Microsoft Teams or Zoom is the perfect opportunity to set a positive tone and acknowledge each student. Think about it – students love a handshake or fist-bump as they walk into your physical classroom. Why not give them the same attention when they enter your digital classroom?
You'll want to create an "Attendance" behavior on your school-wide behavior rubric. We recommend a point value of 1 – but talk with your team about what fits best.
Pro Tip: If your team decides to track attendance without awarding points, you can make your behavior worth 0.
Now, create your procedure for how you want to award points to students. Below is a sample "recipe" – you can adapt it to create your perfect routine:
Pro tip: You can add a comment in front of students to set the tone – for instance "Let's get our learn on!" or another fun comment. It's okay to be a little corny ;)
That's it! Your students will hear the positive "ding!" and see their green point bubble go up. You're off to another successful lesson!
Use your data! By tracking attendance as a behavior, you'll get access to powerful data on student and class trends. Try these examples:
Feeling creative? You can spiral this procedure to include SEL or academic tie-ins. How? Simple: ask a question for students to answer as they earn their attendance point. Here are just a few options:
Get creative, have fun, and remember – keep it positive! 🎉
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