I believe that one of the most important lessons that we try to teach our students is that you have only failed if you have given up. We do not consider failure to be an option. It is never too late to learn. We want and expect our students to not give up. They can reach their competency in any class. We do not give Fs or Ds, we give incompletes to let them know that we just need to work harder and maybe look at it in a different light until we reach success. In our middle school, we provide daily intervention before, during, and after class. We have interventions and office hours before school, we have lunchtime Academic Recovery that is optional for most students and if a student has put their incomplete off, we step in and provide a lunchtime tutoring to teach them not to ignore it. We also have an hour of optional Academic Recovery. I know that I also have many of my middle school students that feel comfortable emailing me after hours to get extra help.
6. Commit to 5 things you are willing to do this semester that will make your school a increase learning opportunities:
1. I need to have a faster turn around for assignments so that students know sooner if they want to raise a grade.
2. Sending more GRIT letter home to students who really give it that extra effort to get out of a slump.
3.Student- Teacher checkins during lunchtime AR. Having a sheet where students can sign up for personal time may help.
4. Praising students for their work in other classes may help them if they know we are talking about them. This could be a great motivation.
5. I am not exactly sure what to say for this last one, but I want to think about some way to help students personally plan their workload. Any advice on this one is greatly appreciated.