As part of our continuous efforts to bring new and exciting stuff to Classcraft, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of a particularly fun and powerful feature — School Houses.
This has been a while in the making, and we know that many educators using Classcraft under a school or district license have waited patiently for it! So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at Houses so that you and all of the students in your school or district can make the most of them.
Classcraft is all about improving student behavior and academic success through meaningful relationships, collaboration, and shared experiences. Any educator would love to accomplish this at the classroom level and reproduce that success throughout the school and district at all grades, but there’s one major factor that shouldn’t be overlooked — a learning environment is more than just classrooms and grade levels. It’s a community!
While students may be organized into classes and grades, their capacity to connect with one another goes far beyond this kind of structure. The School Houses feature is designed to make the most of this potential. It enables educators to foster connections between students across the entire school, regardless of whose class they’re in or how old they are.
How does it work?
Located in the School Features section of your dashboard (or Schoolwide Features if you’re a teacher), the School Houses section allows you to carry out various “housekeeping” tasks depending on your role.
Each House can be given a name and an iconic, eye-catching crest that represents its unique style and character. The Houses also have a total XP earned, which is the sum of all XP earned by the individual students within the House.
A House’s XP determines its ranking on the House leaderboard, with the first, second, and third-place Houses shown loud and proud at the top. And of course, whether or not you take a competitive approach to Houses is totally up to you.
What can I do with it?
The most important thing about Houses is that they help to forge connections between more students and, ultimately, create an even richer and more positive school culture. The beauty is that this can be accomplished in lots of different ways.
You could, for example, motivate students by rewarding the first, second, and third-place Houses with special privileges, events, or items at the end of the year. Alternatively, you could simply recognize and celebrate everyone for all of the positive behavior and hard work they demonstrated while giving special shoutouts to the top-ranking Houses.
Another avenue to explore with Houses is to foster a sense of House pride. Educators can encourage students to bond with one another by wearing colors associated with their Houses, playing sports or games in teams that align with their Houses, and more.
There are endless possibilities with School Houses, and we’re excited to continue improving and refining everything as time goes on. If you have any questions or are looking for ideas that can help you make the most of this feature, don’t hesitate to reach out to your CEM. We hope you and your students have a great time!