The E4Effort System

Emphasize student effort to improve student engagement and raise outcomes

Give students two ways to gauge their performance: 

Academic grades and in-class Effort

The E4Effort System has three main parts:

  • A Teacher Dashboard
  • A Teacher Scoring App
  • Individual Student Portals (see image)

Use the Teacher Scoring App to give students credit for:

  • Arriving on time (Ready)
  • Paying attention (Participation)
  • Staying focused (On Task)
  • Proper conduct (Behavior)

Teachers can create Subcategories for the effort categories of Participation, On Task, and Behavior

For example, if a teacher would like to emphasize certain types of behaviors they could create behavior subcategories such as Physically Appropriate, Verbally Appropriate, Respectful, etc.

Students earn “Effort Shares” (points for recent and sustained classroom effort)

Students track their Effort Shares and Achievement Badges from their Student Portal.

Effort Shares can be used:

  • as bonus points having no real value
  • as bonus points that are converted to extra credit
  • as a classroom currency program… see next slide

Optional Classroom Currency

Allow students to redeem Effort Shares for Buyback offers such as classroom privileges or school supplies

Students redeem Buyback offers from their Student Portals

Teachers create Buyback offers from their Teacher Dashboard

Designed for grades 3 to 12 by a middle school • tested and approved by teachers with over 100 years of experience

Benefits of using the E4Effort System include:  Your students are more attentive • Their participation opportunities are balanced • You’ll give more feedback on both effort and product • You can hold students accountable while collecting less work • Use the Recognition category to give authentic praise

Why emphasize effort?

(4 min 22 sec)

How it works

(Teacher Scoring App 2:44, Student Portals 1:24, Teacher Dashboard 1:51;  6 min 39 sec)

Helpful videos and articles to get started with your classes:

I often use the participation feature with students.  It’s a great way to ensure that I’m calling on all students, not just the few who raise their hands.  Consistent use of this and other effort categories makes it clear to my students that everyone is expected to engage and contribute within the classroom community!

Nicky - Minnesota

Middle school social studies teacher

I like to use the “On Task” category when my students are working in groups.  On the board I list what I need to see and hear as I walk by each group.  This way the students know how to get full points.  I use the “score all students” button to start everyone with the highest score and then I circulate and evaluate progress and “on task” behavior.  If a group is goofing around, I remind them of the expectations and lower their score.  I tell the students I will revisit the group and if all are on task, I will increase their scores.  This routine really keeps the students moving in the right direction. MC - Minnesota

Middle school language arts teacher

The E4Effort System: