Clean up your Subjects and prepare for the next cohort
This guide is designed to help you close out your Stile Subjects from 2023 and get ready for the year ahead. If you are brand new to Stile or if you haven't used it in a while, check out our Getting Started series instead.
Note: This article assumes some prior knowledge of how to use Stile. Links to further tutorials are included in each step to provide extra guidance! Each one will open in a new browser tab so you won't lose your place here.
Follow the steps below to ensure you have the best start to the new year:
- Clean up 2023's Subjects;
- Create new Subjects and Classes;
- Organize your resources;
- Add Lessons to your Subjects;
- Level up your Science teaching;
- Enrol students on day one.
Clean up 2023's Subjects
Export your marks
Finish your reports for the year and export your Markbooks (or Gradebooks), if needed. The .XLSX download option gives you three tabs in a spreadsheet full of information. Read more about exporting your Markbook here.
Hide quizzes and tests
Students can still access old work and see answers to tests, but only if it's released to them! You may want them to keep access to some activities, such as unit glossaries or large projects. Hide anything you don't want your students to see anymore.
Archive your Subjects
Before you continue: If you share links to Lessons in a learning management system such as SEQTA or Canvas, do not archive your Subjects! Keep them active and archive your Classes instead. This will ensure your linked Lessons will still be accessible in the new year.
We recommend you archive your Subjects whether you plan to reuse the Lessons or start fresh. Archiving a Subject will remove it from your students' homepages. This can help reduce confusion in term 1. It will preserve their work without allowing anyone to make any changes.
Duplicate a Subject to get a fresh copy of the Lessons without copying any of the original student work. Edit the Lessons in the new Subject to avoid any risk of overriding your students' work from 2023.
Note: Subjects with co-teachers cannot be archived. If you need to leave a shared Subject:
Create new Subjects and Classes
Create new Subjects in your side menu if you didn't duplicate your Subjects from last year. If you plan to teach the same Lessons to more than one group of students (e.g. 7D and 7G), you can create one Subject for the whole cohort and organize them into separate Classes. You can still create differentiated Lessons in this setup and assign them to specific individuals or groups of students across all Classes.
Organize your resources
Download the suggested Scope & Sequence
Stile's Library offers scope and sequence documents to accompany the Years 7-10 collection. Click the Suggested Scope & Sequence button in the top right corner of the Stile Library. This button can vary by region, but it will always be in the same place.
Review teaching plans and lab guides
Each unit in the Stile library includes a comprehensive Teaching Plan and Lab Guide. Click on a unit you want to teach to open its Overview. You can find Teacher Resources on the right side of the Overview panel (or the top if you have a narrow screen). This section also includes a parent email template and other helpful resources.
Contact the Concierge desk
Your school's Stile subscription includes our Concierge service. This can help you incorporate Stile Science Lessons into your unit plan. Send your planning documents to the Concierge desk before the start of term. The team will work with your plan to show how to use Stile in your classroom.
Learn more about Stile Concierge and how to contact us here.
Add Lessons to your Subjects
Make sure to hide any Lessons you don't want your students to see yet. Most Lessons from the Stile library will be available by default. You may only want to have an Intro or Pre-test released, or none at all. Use the Hide All button to hide the whole Folder.
Protip: Only add the units you need to start the term! Stile content changes frequently. A banner will appear in your Folder if there has been an update to that unit in the Stile Science Library.
Level up your science teaching
Our Professional Learning team will host a range of sessions in 2024, both in person and online! PL days focus on pedagogy and technical tricks to help you improve engagement and retention.
Register for a PL day if you want to level up your science teaching this year.
Enrol your students on day one
Give your students time to remember their passwords or create new accounts on the first day. You can avoid this time by setting your school up with Single Sign On (SSO). SSO allows you and your students to log in with the same passwords you use for school services. It's one less password for everyone to remember.
Learn more about Single Sign-on here and how to get it set up for your school.
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