Improve Achievement for One Student, the Whole Class, or the Entire School

Overcoming Obstacles to Learning + Linking Parent Involvement to Classroom Achievement.

The following list of situations and links illustrate how you can use the site tools and activities to improve student participation and also involve parents with their child at home by recommending related activities--this effectively links what parents do at home to higher achievement in the classroom. This model provides a realistic method of gaining parents' trust and participation. You are helping parents by showing them techniques they can use at home to help their child–which makes homework time easier and more effective–and contributes to better participation and higher achievement in class. Click on the links in each section to first view activities that teach students participation skills in class, and second, activities you can refer to parents to reinforce what you are trying to accomplish in class.

  • Students Who Consistently Misbehave

    Schedule a short class meetings--approximately 30 minutes--and use the powerful strategies from the online training to discuss with the class and teach "Contextual Rules" and cooperation. Use the easy communication tools on Add Power to Teaching to gain parents' cooperation and involve them by providing an activity that parents can use at home with their misbehaving child--"Actions and Consequences." (Note: Students learn and improve behavior faster when they are taught the same concept at home and school.) As needed, recommend to parents additional activities that help children learn how their actions affect other, and show them how to change behavior and contribute to the class in positive, meaningful ways. Hold students accountable to goals and objectives by using regular (weekly) meetings to review student progress and areas that need work, and encourage parents to reinforce these goals.

  • Students Who Are Capable but Unmotivated

    Use a class meeting to teach the class "Assertive Learning" skills. Using the sites' communication tools, contact parents--no waiting for appointments--and recommend they use the home activity "Assertive Learning" to help their child improve self motivation and effective learning techniques that increase their participation in class.

  • Students Who Are Consistently Late With Assignments

    Use the tools on the site to add parent's email address to your contact list, and invite parents to join with you to improve communication and increase student responsibility and accountability. Reduce the time you spend correcting late work and increase time teaching new material, or delving deeper into interesting topics and conversations with students. Use a class meeting to discuss with students one goal of your "great class" is to turn work in on time and complete. Teach the achievement skill "Preventing Procrastination and Choosing Concentration" in class, and refer "Prevent Procrastination" to parents to use at home. Students will police each other--cooperate to motivate each other to turn homework in on time and complete because the entire class is working on achieving the class goals. Use subsequent meetings to follow up on progress and help uncooperative students work toward reaching the class goals.

  • Students Who Are Often Late, Absent, and/or a Distraction in Class

    This is most often because students lack a connection to the class or teacher and don't feel comfortable in class because they lack adequate participation skills: social skills so they are better included and include others, learning skills like memorization techniques so they feel confident in the classroom, and achievement skills like self-motivation and persistence when things are difficult. Teach students "Social Inclusion vs. Social Exclusion." Add parent's email to your parent list and invite them to join you in working with this student's participation; and show them how they can help (themselves as parents and you) by using "Persistence vs. Giving Up" at home so kids learn how to persist when things get hard, instead of avoiding the work and missing school. By providing clear, simple resources to parents, you take the guess work out for parents--show them exactly how they can help you and themselves--and they are reinforcing what you are working toward in the classroom.

  • Teaching to the Test

    Increased pressure on you may motivate you to organize to a specific test. Instead, Add Power to Teaching offers a way for you to be innovative, creative, and motivational with even better results come test time and beyond.

  • Students Whose Parents Don't Know How To or Won't Help You on Behalf of Their Child

    Use the tools, methods, and activities in Add Power to Teaching to involve parents in a meaningful, realistic way parents can understand and that translates into greater student achievement in the classroom. (Note: The participation activities parents use are effective problem solving solutions for parents who can use help at home.)

  • Rediscover the Rewards of Teaching

    With seemingly more distractions and influences that put pressure on teachers, teaching at its core can become frustrating and less rewarding. Add Power to Teaching helps you rediscover your passion and excitement for teaching by helping to eliminate behaviors and distractions that take way from your teaching, and by elevating your teaching style and  your ability to engage and motivate students.

VIDEO:  5th Grade Teacher, "Class meetings take very little time."

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