Building Strength - We use our universal screeners to identify where students struggle and then design interventions from there. What would happen if we spent just as much time finding out students’ strengths and passions and creating programming using those results?
Good Things - Keep track of things that “go right”. Write them down somewhere and revisit them at scheduled intervals. Focusing on what goes well helps improve our mental and emotional well-being. We become more resilient and optimistic when we recognize and appreciate our successes and accomplishments. It also helps us identify patterns and strategies that contribute to our success, which we can then apply in other areas of our life.
Together - When the partnership between school and parents is strong it has an amplified impact. The parent group recently put on a “Color Run” at our school which helped raise funds for school programming. In addition to raising money, it also demonstrated to teachers and the community that the school and the teachers are valued.
Tell Me More - Follow-up questions encourage deeper thinking and help solidify learning. It’s an effective formative assessment that requires minimal preparation.
Note To Self - I have a responsibility to reflect on my teaching practices and identify what worked well and what didn't. As the school year comes to an end, I'm going to take a moment to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses. I know that setbacks and mistakes are normal and they're opportunities for growth and learning. I can make adjustments and become a better educator. Success can come in different ways, and sometimes it means just surviving the year while still having the desire to give it another shot. So, I'm going to look back on the year with a positive attitude and get ready to tackle new challenges in the next one.