Is it possible to make the extra challenges not optional?


#1

My students are working through several different courses on their own, and while some attack every extra challenge with gusto, others are skipping them.

Is there a way to make these lesson extras/extra challenges required for the courses? I’ve looked but can’t find an option for that.


#2

My 8th graders are working in Unit 3 of CSD. At the beginning of each class I project up front the new commands we will be learning and which lesson and the levels required to be completed. Besides completing each lesson with the regular levels, I also require my 8th graders to do the challenge and free play levels and tell them those are what I will be grading. I also tell them if they don’t show creativity and use of the commands learned in that lesson, they will make a low grade. I gave quite a few D’s the first time I graded and let the students know they could go back and re-do or finish the levels in a lesson but that they only had a class period to do so, plus do the current lesson. Getting those D’s seemed to be a wake up call for most of my students. I don’t think they realized I could see their progress and even if they clicked Finish, I could still tell if they did the level correctly or not. Most thought I wouldn’t bother to actually look that closely. It does take time but it’s worth it to me to give grades according to a student’s actual level of work.