Friday was Progress Report Day. That meant it was the end of the 5 week reporting period. I ran my deficiency lists and know which students are failing a class. In my aim to address student progress this year, I now have my list of students to target and work with.
One of the first things I will do with these students is go over SMART goals.
Here is a poster I will display in my room and our Plan Writing Worksheet.
I’ll also have each student complete a self-assessment of their study skills and behaviors. I will use this as a basis for what they view as their strengths and weaknesses. Over the next several weeks I’ll check their grades and homework completion and meet with them weekly. It really makes a difference to meet with the students. Last year we started with 35 course failures for grade 8 and by the end of 40 weeks had brought that number down to 14 course failures. If you have a program, don’t forget to collect your data. This is one easy way to check on the effectiveness of your program.
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