Giving students the confidence to succeed

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 04:53 PM.

Parent Communication/Support: Weekly folders with assessments, reports from assessments, behavior, and grades were sent home on the same day each week. Parents were encouraged to sign and return with questions or comments. Phone calls and email were also used to communicate with students as they met struggles as well as when they experienced success!

One of the most important things we did as a grade level to prepare our students for this year’s FCAT testing period was teaching all of the tested standards before the testing period. We used supplemental materials to make sure we got everything covered; Coach Reading and Coach Math and Mountain Math were some of the supplements used.

Administration worked diligently with the Panhandle Area Education Consortium to provide professional development throughout the year. Many of Franklin County School teachers participated in cooperative learning workshops based on Kagan structures (Kagan Publishing). We used these strategies with our students on a regular basis to help them become excited about learning. Inside/Outside circle, Hand up – Pair Up, Showdown, Quiz-Quiz Trade… these activities helped our students make a physical connection with many of the abstract concepts taught and tested.

Overall, being positive throughout the year with our students and giving them the confidence that they had been taught all they needed to know to be able to succeed! They were READY and they KNEW they were READY to do their very best! If you expect them to succeed... they WILL!

Lynn Clark is a third grade teacher at the Franklin County School.

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