It’s a New Year, which means there’s a flurry of discussion about goal setting, resolutions and setting intentions for the year to come. According to Robert Thomas, executive director of Mindful Schools, intention means purpose or attention, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary states that intention is a determination to act in a certain way, a resolve, or to import significance on what one intends to do or bring about.
When it comes to an online learning program, there are a few considerations for establishing mindful intentions for the New Year and ensuring all students have the opportunity to thrive. This time of year, administrators may find themselves asking this question as they seek new ways to engage hard-to-reach students to inspire them to learn.
Oftentimes, students enrolled in credit recovery programs face difficult personal situations and lack the self-confidence they need to be successful academically. For some students, the larger goal of "passing" or "recovering credit" is too big and ultimately overwhelming despite the fact that taking credit recovery courses may be their last chance to graduate.
There are some basic strategies that can be intentionally applied within your district to successfully reach more students. Establishing a student-centered culture can help to re-engage students and build confidence. The following list of suggestions can be a good starting point for deepening your district’s commitment to student success this year:
1) Focus on building relationships.
Find more time during class to engage in conversations with each student and interact one-to-one to build connections with students.
2) Establish daily tasks and corresponding goals.
Help students cultivate a spark for learning by breaking larger goals down into daily tasks. Start small with daily progress goals and create measurable paths to success.
3) Celebrate wins – both big and small.
Provide activities that highlight student success, such as an awards program or creating a Student Wall of Fame.
4) Create scenarios to boost confidence.
If a student is struggling with a particular concept, find a way to reframe a problem or question in a way that they are likely to understand.
5) Factor in additional weekly perks.
Music Mondays or Food Fridays are great ways to reward progress and encourage participation while engaging students in a different way.
How Apex Learning Can Help
Apex Learning works together with districts to provide specific strategies for engaging those hard-to-reach students. Districts using Apex Learning online curriculum work together with Success Managers who serve as collaborative partners to plan, implement, and manage a successful learning program that’s aligned with your school or district goals. Success management services ensure that your program is meeting the needs of your district and that every student has the opportunity to thrive. To learn more, visit: https://www.apexlearning.com/digital-curriculum/success-management.