Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Art of Student Success

Yesterday, I started something new at the school I serve.
The Art of Student Success session notes

Beginning yesterday and lasting for seven more Tuesday afternoons from 4-5PM EST, I am leading a group of Middle School students in a series of sessions called, The Art of Student Success.

The Art of Student Success is "professional development for students."  The sessions are designed around basic, proven principles of success.  These principles are discussed and filtered into language and action steps that students can understand and apply.  Just as you may seek a financial planner to help with your long term financial goals, I am working with students to help them achieve their long term academic goals.
Keep in mind that when you work with students at this age, "long term" may not mean years as much as months or weeks.

The Art of Student Success is built upon a few basic principles:

  • Proper goal setting, action planning, and follow ups
  • Formation of good and/or replacement of bad habits
  • Rethinking the role of the student from consumer of education to producer of educated work
  • Six essential questions for each assignment

In addition to these principles, I anticipate tapping into the 10 standards of Thrivapy.
  1. The standard of satisfaction is not perfection.
  2. You don't need to win them all.  Win more than you lose (and win the most important ones).
  3. Understand how goals work for you and how you work for goals.
  4. Find the joy.
  5. Opportunities are abundant.
  6. You always have choices.  However, they may not always be the choices you want.
  7. Do the best with the choices you have and work to create more of the choices you want.
  8. The best get better.
  9. To err is human, but so is to learn.
  10. Adopt an "Open House" philosophy (Friendly, Responsive, Interactive, Trustworthy, Reliable). 
Our first session was mostly an overview of the basic principles and an explanation of how each week's meetings will be held.  Specifically, we discussed how each week will begin with a check-in exercise which students are encouraged to participate, but not required.  These weekly check-ins involve answering a few discussion questions.
The Art of Student Success session notes

  1. What accomplishments or highlights have happened since our last meeting?
  2. Has anything changed for you since our last meeting  that would require a possible goal adjustment?
  3. Has there been any notable progress since the last meeting?
  4. What have you done to be a better student?
  5. What have you done to help someone else be a better student?
As the weeks go by, I will gather feedback from students about how The Art of Student Success is helping and share any insights gleaned from those discussions.
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