Maximizing Your Use of Utah Compose
We want to make sure you get the most out of Utah Compose. It is a wonderful program for writing practice and formative assessment. Its use is limited only by the imagination of its users. However, knowing how to use an online tool effectively is often a challenge for students, teachers, and even administrators!
Read on for some easy tips to ensure students, teachers, and administrators obtain the maximum benefits from Utah Compose.
In Your Classroom:
- Use Utah Compose regularly! Watch how regular usage promotes the formative cycle of practice, feedback, and revision to foster writing improvement.
- Train classroom/school volunteers to assist students with Utah Compose.
- Encourage students to share their Utah Compose experiences with their peers and parents.
- Recognize individual students for practicing and improving their writing.
- Use the instant messaging and "sticky note" options to provide students with constructive feedback.
- Help students establish a habit of revising their essays and submitting their essays for scoring as well as viewing and processing feedback based on Utah Core Standards.
- Use the Reports feature to monitor students' writing progress and to make informed instructional decisions.
In Your School:
- Highlight students' efforts in writing practice and improvement by posting their work on school bulletin boards, featuring it in school publications, and recognizing students at school events.
- Add Utah Compose to your PLC meeting agendas and discuss best practices for its use.
- Have a "teacher feature" at staff meetings to recognize teachers who are actively guiding students using Utah Compose to practice writing.
- Identify successful Utah Compose teacher users and arrange for them to assist inactive or struggling users.
- Coordinate with the school district office to schedule Utah Compose on-site school trainings, and make them mandatory for teachers and administrators.
- Make sure that School Administrator account holders are well-trained in how to navigate the Courses, Prompts, Users, and Reports tabs and are supporting teachers in best practices with Utah Compose.
- Post the Utah Compose link on your school's website as one of the learning tools used in your school.
- Demonstrate Utah Compose at PTA meetings, Curriculum Night, and similar events.
- Enlist the help of high school students who need volunteer hours for club membership (National Honor Society, etc.) to assist younger students in your classrooms.
- Use the Utah Compose "support system" (website, webinars, email support, phone support) to answer your questions and get help.
In Your District:
- Establish clear expectations and accountability measures for using Utah Compose in all schools and classrooms.
- Schedule teacher leaders and designated School Administrator account holders to offer training and updates at regular intervals.
- Use your network of teacher leaders and School Administrator account holders to provide training and support of new teachers.
- Train District Administrator account holders to use the Reports feature to follow schools' Utah Compose use, to keep colleagues informed, and to provide support for schools.
- Feature each school’s use of Utah Compose on the district website, rotating them to ensure coverage.
- Schedule times during district meetings for principals to report on their schools' use and to recognize writing achievement for students, teachers, and schools.