A Culture of Support

Every student in your school has his or her own story… living their own life.

Each life is different. Remember this when wondering why students behave or learn the way they do. An effective way of ensuring that every student has support from every angle is to have multiple “cheerleaders” throughout the school building. This allows students from all walks of life to be able to be helped and cheered on. Some students don’t respond well to their classroom teacher but may respond well to their athletic coach. Many students respond well to teachers who they do not even have, simply because that teacher said hi and showed kindness. This can sometimes change the day of that student. Teachers can even ask if the student needs any help with a missing or upcoming assignment, even if it is not their student.

If every person in the school building did this, the culture would be unstoppable. Imagine students feeling empowered and unafraid of failure. Imagine students holding their heads high, knowing that every person in the building has their back. This is no longer a culture of student and teacher. This is a culture of learner and supporter.

 

 

 

New School Year, Clean Slate

The beginning of a school year is a clean slate!

This is the time of year to ensure students know the expectations in your classroom and your school. Do students know that they are to complete every assignment? Do they know that the assignments that are being given are tied to a learning standard? Do they know what the learning standard is and where to find it?

As we ask those questions to students, we must also ensure that we ask ourselves these same questions as educators. Do I know the expectations of my school? Are the assignments that I am giving tied to a learning standard? Have I shared where these learning standards can be found with my students?

Questions like these can help check the pulse on the learning culture in your classroom and in your school. Students need to know that there is a goal that we are all trying to reach together and that there are layers of support in the school to help them get there. This begins the year with a clean slate, clear expectations, and motivated students.

 

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Thoughts for the New School Year

A new school year is approaching, and a new group of students come with it.

It is imperative that this incoming group of students know the high expectations that you have set as teachers. It is just as imperative for them to know how much you care and how much you want them to learn. Students will start to become apathetic if the sense that you do not care for them to learn. One way to achieve this is to simply change the language you use in your classroom. Using phrases such as “getting a good grade”, can have a negative impact on how they learn. Students seem to feel like failures if they do not get the grade they want. Instead, use phrases such as “let’s master this standard/skill”. This leaves learning more open-ended, instead of their grade being the end-all-be-all.

Prepare to “beep” your students and get missing assignments, and we hope that this year will be amazing!

 

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High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference

Be sure to join us July 12th and 13th at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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York High School Does It Again

York High School did it again, though it’s no ‘oops’.

To accomplish healthy grading, it takes a lot of work from administrators, teachers, and students. Year-over-year, York High School in Nebraska has proven that their students are a notch or two above the rest. The assignments are geared toward student learning, and they require all students to turn in all of them. This time is no different. They once again gathered every missing assignment that would otherwise be zeros in the grade book.

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Another Zero Missing Assignments School – Cleburne County Middle

Another school has pushed for student success by requiring every student to complete every assignment. Cleburne County Middle School in Heflin, Alabama is the latest to join the rest of these amazing schools who will end the year with ZERO missing assignments. Excited to see what next year has in store for your school. Keep up the good work!

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Ending the Year Right at FMS

Farmington Middle School has pushed for every student to complete every assignment and they have achieved this goal! This school will continue to improve and show students that when they complete the work, they LEARN! Congratulations on this achievement.

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Jackson Jr High Ends With Zero Assignments

Jackson Jr. High School in Jackson Missouri ends the school year with a healthy grade book as all of the missing assignments have been collected. Students have shown that they are willing to learn and do the work. The motto of “the consequence for not doing an assignment, is doing the assignment” rings true at this school. This is an amazing accomplishment that requires everybody in the building to pull for students’ success. Great job!

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Parents Love ICU, Too!

Here’s a letter from a parent’s perspective regarding the ICU approach.

“As a parent and teacher, ICU has been a lifesaver in terms of helping our daughters learn to be accountable for their learning.  Our school staff not only puts missing assignments or failing grades on the list, but extra practice is listed as well.  Sometimes that extra practice is what helps them get to the next level of learning. When we get the text saying there is an item on the ICU list, we are able to visit with them about the assignment and see what their plan is for getting their name off the list.

Thank you!

Wendy S.”
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Hard Work at Farmington Middle School

Students are working hard at Farmington Middle School in Farmington, MO.

These students have come in on their own time to ensure they catch up on all of their missing work. They are working twice as hard to get them completed, but they want the burden of missing work to be lifted off their shoulders. Accountability and perseverance pays off at Farmington Middle!

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