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ClassMax

Affordable classroom management system tracks student data

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Grades

K–12

Great for

Behavior Management, Classroom Management, Instructional Strategies, Productivity

Price: Free to try, Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: All-in-one tool for seating charts, progress tracking, behavior, and more.

Cons: Teachers will likely still need to use district systems for attendance and grading outside of ClassMax.

Bottom Line: If teachers invest some time in setting up the system, they can save time, paper, and hassles.

With ClassMax, teachers can organize seating charts and make notes for specific students. They can record accommodations and track specific learning objectives per student. They can track behavior -- with both positive and negative notes -- as well as hall passes. Teachers can upload standards from a CSV file or use the preloaded Common Core standards. When setting up classes, teachers can input student files individually or upload a file. Student files can be customized to include a photo, too.

ClassMax was created by a classroom teacher, so it really covers all the bases of student data and organization. Organize classes with customized names -- subject area or class period or whatever works for you. Then keep track of any information you need for a given student, from accommodations and hall passes to performance and behavior. Teachers can create groups within the tool, integrating with Marzano standards too. Teachers can add notes for students to cover any details not already addressed, and they can create reports to easily review the data collected.

If an organized teacher is an effective teacher, then ClassMax can be good for learning. Teachers can easily make notes and track student progress. The blog, written by experienced teachers, shares ideas for how to effectively use ClassMax for a variety of best practices, like student conferencing and reflective teaching. While it will take some time to set up and some practice to put into regular use, ClassMax gives teachers a tool to organize data in a way that can make them more efficient in classroom management and data-driven instruction.

Depending on how teachers currently manage hall passes, digital hall pass tracking might actually create more work for teachers during essential instruction time. And if they're already using a learning management system (LMS) that has some of the same features as ClassMax, there might be redundancy in teachers' workload. 

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Engagement

ClassMax was designed by a teacher so it's set up to manage what teachers need to track -- from the big concepts like standards and modifications to the minutiae of hall passes and seating charts. 

Pedagogy

More affordable than a customized planner, ClassMax gives teachers digital options for organizing and managing their classrooms. Some options might overlap with a teacher's existing LMS.  

Support

Step-by-step guides prompt teachers through the setup process, and occasional emails highlight features. Customer service is responsive, and an in-tool FAQ and blog offer further ideas and help.

Common Sense reviewer
Amanda B.
Amanda B. Teacher

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In 30 years of teaching I have never had a product to document accommodations and behavior as accurately as I was able to do with ClassMax. This product is easy to use and lets me quickly email/print reports for parents

When I first began to use ClassMax, I was amazed at how easy it was to use. For years, I have been asked to document student progress on state standards, but I never had a tool to make that easy until ClassMax. Student and class details can be uploaded quickly at the beginning of the year. Accommodations and state standards can also be easily uploaded. After setup, it is easy to select daily standards, accommodations, or behaviors to track. Teachers can track these items individually or by class. ClassMax also allows teachers to create groups for tracking these details. The best part though is that I can quickly create reports to email to parents, guidance, or the dean. ClassMax is an easy tool to incorporate as the teacher is moving around the classroom observing students. With a couple of clicks, documentation is complete. This program is thoughtfully designed to help busy teachers reflect on their students' progress and their teaching to make adjustments to improve student learning and their own teaching practice.

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