1. Is failure a real and regular experience for kids at your school?
2. If so, what impact do you believe that is creating? If not, what structures have been put into place to accomplish alternatives?
3. What conditions exist that make it too late to learn and reach competency in your school? Can you give an example?
Many of them also enter with far below grade level skills, due to the fact that they don’t go to school regularly or don’t have support at home to get help when school gets challenging. I have had 16 year old students that struggle to do multiplication without a table chart, and are reading at a 4th grade level...yet they are scheduled in to English 11 and Algebra because of age. Credit for seat time over mastery is battle we face everyday.
4. What would you do, if anything, to introduce/enhance “never too late to learn” structures in your school if you were the school leader?
5. What can you do in your present position to create “never too late to learn” structures into your current practice and those of your peers? Are those things in your sphere of influence?
6. Commit to 5 things you are willing to do this semester that will make your school better and increase learning opportunities:
- Create a basic skills tutoring schedule with my TA
- Work with probation to set up a tutoring schedule for some days at lunch
- Be more proactive about setting students up with independent study work, rather than waiting for them to come to me.
- Search for guest speakers that can give students advice about how to overcome this low point in their life.
- Build up things like honor roll or student of the month, to celebrate learning and recognize students that have made strides in the right direction