Ms. Rush's 1st Quarter Newsletter
School Counseling Info for 8th Grade
What New Things Did Quarter One Bring?
"Minute Meetings with Ms. Rush" - Take a seat and let's meet! :)
Capturing the Data!
63% of students could identify the definition of "coping" accurately, before the lesson.
80% of students could identify the definition of "coping" accurately, after the lesson.
71% of the students could identify the definition of "resilient" accurately, before the lesson.
93% of the students could identify the definition of "resilient" accurately, after the lesson.
Bottom line - the students gained knowledge as result of the instruction provided. Yay!
Where Do We Go From Here?
My main goal now is to move the 8th grade students from analysis of these concepts to actual application. One of the best ways to apply, utilize, and exemplify the spirit of coping, persistence, and resilience is to set challenging personal goals. Each of the 8th Graders chose two goals - one academic/learning goal and one personal goal in an area of their choice. They completed the SMART goal form below and their homeroom teachers will be meeting with them once a quarter to help the kids monitor their progress in completion of those goals. The "Developing, monitoring and reporting on personal goals" image below shows the cycle shows what we will be trying to accomplish with the students during the quarterly reviews of their SMART goals. (Image of cycle below taken from www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/studentreport.)
8th Graders analyzing "Try Everything" song lyrics
What Can You, as 8th Grade Parents, Do To Help?
You can talk with your students now about the ideas of persisting in the face of difficulty, coping with adversity, and trying to develop resilience. You can also inform yourself about the mental health concerns currently facing our youth - I suggest that all parents Google the term "student fragility" to learn more about students in crisis. There is a lot of current research available for parents that emphasizes the need for our students to develop strong coping skills before they leave your homes to attend college, or enter the work force.
Tidbits I've Learned, and would like to pass on....
1. Students best commit information to memory when they make personal connections between the new information they are trying to learn, and their own life experiences (this practice is called "deep encoding" and we tried it in the classroom - the kids wrote a few sentences about how the ideas of coping, persistence, or resilience related to their personal lives) - source: Deep versus shallow encoding study by Craik and Tulving
2. Most of the 8th Graders cannot name 5 coping skills (this will change after we have our next coping skills lesson)
3. WCPSS has a great link for parents who are applying to Magnet schools - access the link below to see if your student will have any sort of priority in the application process, based on your home address: http://wcpss.net//site/Default.aspx?PageID=4501