Teaching the importance of data

Sometimes we all forget how important clear, undisputed data can be. We are often unaware of the progress that our children (or ourselves) have made. Keeping data and charting that information helps us remain aware of improvements. More importantly, creating progress charts helps prove to ourselves that our hard work is paying off.

I’ve found that teaching elementary students how to complete charts and allowing them to pick any specific skill area (I.e., # of free throws made out of 20 attempts, or typing words per minute) promotes a positive mindset, confidence, and a generally positive skill that we should all remember to use. I made a simple hart in Word and distributed it to a counseling group I met with and found marked improvements in every single.glen student. I encourage you all to pick one area, create a plan on how to improve it, and chart your progress. You will likely be amazed at how much your hard work pays off. I’d be happy to provide further information about how to do this, how to calculate percentage of growth, or anything else you’d like. Good luck!

progresschart

Common Core Curriculum?

I’m sure all you parents and teachers have had enough talk about the educational system and common core curriculum… but a lot of people out there have no clue what this actually looks like. EngageNY has lesson plans and assessments that assess essentially every learning standard at each grade level. Check them out here:

http://www.engageny.org/english-language-arts

Sitting with Swag = Less Stress?

Need to reduce some stress and feel more control? Sit like you own the place.

While research may not always share the most applicable or functional findings, the article below gives us a quick, easy way to possibly improve our emotional well-being: sit like a boss.

http://m.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-winner-effect/201306/can-your-posture-make-you-feel-in-control-and-less-stressed

Data-Driven Learning

Sometimes we all forget how important clear, undisputed data can be. We are often unaware of the progress that our children (or ourselves) have made. Keeping data and charting that information helps us remain aware of improvements. More importantly, creating progress charts helps prove to ourselves that our hard work is paying off.

I’ve found that teaching elementary students how to complete charts and allowing them to pick any specific skill area (I.e., # of free throws made out of 20 attempts, or typing words per minute) promotes a positive mindset, confidence, and a generally positive skill that we should all remember to use. I made a simple chart in Word (see link below) and distributed it to a counseling group I met with and found marked improvements in every student.

I encourage you all to pick one area, create a plan on how to improve it, and chart your progress. You will likely be amazed at how much your hard work pays off. I’d be happy to provide further information about how to do this, how to calculate percentage of growth, or anything else you’d like. Good luck!

progresschart

Selective Mutism Info for Teachers

While selective mutism isn’t necessarily a common concern in schools, we have had a number of students enter our district with the diagnosis. Understanding and supporting these students can be difficult for teachers, so please feel free to check out this helpful handout that I stumbled across!

classroom strategies for selective mutism