Welcome to Membean! This quick-start guide is designed to help teachers who are new to Membean get started on the right foot, and will cover the flow of enrollment, training, assessments, and reports.
1. Setting Up Your Account
You will receive a Membean invitation through email from either a colleague using Membean, or your Membean contact. If you haven't received a Membean invitation, please contact email@example.com with the name of your school, and we can help get you started.
Click on the "Join Now" link. You will be prompted to fill in your name, email, and password. You will then be taken through the process of setting up your first class.
2. Creating Classes
Now that you have an account, you can create more classes by clicking on the "Add A Class" button on your dashboard.
Some guidelines for classes:
- Classes don't have to follow your roster, and you can create as many classes as you want. Consider moving your ELL students or students with special needs into a class of their own so you can monitor them more closely.
- Classes should contain no more than 40 students.
3. Setting a Grading Cycle and Training Expectations
You'll notice that you'll be asked to set a Grading Cycle and Training Expectations when creating your classes.
Cycles and Expectations are important, because:
- Cycles and Expectations help you establish clear and concise grading guidelines.
- Cycles and Expectations let Membean know what you expect from your students, so the engine can determine things like when your students are ready for an assessment.
- Cycles and Expectations make using detailed reports and the class fidelity report easy, as you can see at a glance how your students are doing on a regular basis.
- Setting Cycles and Expectations allows us to send you a Cycle Report email, which makes grading easy and efficient.
4. Enrolling Your Students
After you create your classes, your students can self-enroll.
We also provide you with the ability to email students enrollment instructions, or print out enrollment cards. This can all be found by clicking on the class name from the first page of your dashboard.
5. Resetting a Password
The first page of your dashboard provides you with two simple, but important, maintenance tools: resetting a password and transferring or dropping a student.
Resetting a password: You can reset the password of any student in your entire school. They do not need to be in one of your classes for you to be able to reset their password.
You can do this by typing the first few letters of the student's name in the "Reset a Student's Password" search box and finding them in the dropdown menu.
Passwords will always reset to firstname_lastname_schoolcode (case sensitive). For example, Harry Potter's reset password would be harry_potter_hogwarts.
6. Transferring or Dropping a Student
Transferring or dropping a student: You can also transfer a student into your class, or drop a student from your class using the same method in the "Transfer/Drop a Student" search box.
7. The First Day Using Membean
On the first day using Membean, you may want to enroll your students, have them calibrate, and explain your grading policy so your students know what to expect from Membean. Learn more about the first day of Membean in class here.
Now that your classes are set up and you've relayed your expectations to your students, it's time to begin training. Membean's Adaptive Reinforcement Engine guides your students through word pages and questions.
- Best practices: Our suggestions for best practices include having your students complete short, spaced sessions, waiting to issue an assessment until students have spent some time training, and monitoring goal compliance and training behaviors for the first month. More information on best practices can be found here.
- Low stakes training: It may be a good idea to mention to your students that training is low stakes, and while engagement is important, they should feel comfortable getting questions wrong and returning to the word page to restudy.
Checking on student training is particularly important within the first month. Not only will this show your investment in Membean to your students, but will allow you to address and correct suboptimal training early on.
To generate a report, click on a class from your teacher dashboard. A report for the previous grading cycle will appear.
Membean reports are chock-full of data. With reports, you can look at how your students are doing at a glance, or dig deeper into student training sessions.
Learn more about what to look out for on reports here.
You can generate or schedule assessments for your entire class in seconds. You can navigate to this by clicking on the name of the class from the first page of your dashboard, and then clicking on the Assessments tab.
Each student is given a customized assessment based on their current vocabulary acquisition.
Assessments are graded automatically, and the results can be downloaded into a spreadsheet . Usually, students who train regularly will have sufficient words deemed 'quiz-ready' in about a month.
Some guidelines for assessments:
- Start with 15-question assessments weekly or bimonthly, and gradually increase the number of questions over the course of the year.
- When possible, issue pop assessments instead of scheduled assessments. If students train diligently, they will do well!
- Students do not have to study for assessments, and we do not publish a list of words that might show up on the assessment. Any "reasonably learned" word is fair game.
When students are finished taking an assessment, you can find assessment results under "Recent Assessments."
11. More Things You Can Do
There are a few other helpful things to consider when getting started with Membean:
- You can invite a colleague from your school to Membean.
- You can learn how to adjust student training preferences.
Membean is a fun, personalized, and interactive way to learn vocabulary. We have teachers who use Membean for class competitions, marathons, and to inspire writing assignments. If you'd like further examples, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'd be happy to brainstorm with you.