Hampton Bays Middle School

Monday Memo #32

2 By 10

Welcome Back and Happy May!

I hope you've had a relaxing Spring Break and are feeling ready for the next stretch of time with our students. Take a few moments this week to enjoy April's Storify and the previous installments as well. Thanks for contributing photos and tweets - keep it up!

Continuing on the theme of connecting with our students, I recently came across an ASCD article from 2008 in which the author writes about a teaching strategy called the "2 x 10 strategy". It's geared towards redirecting a student who's exhibiting negative behaviors to more positive behaviors.

I wonder if you'd be willing to try this with me, in the days, weeks, and month to come.

Here's how it works:

1. Select one student in your advisory or in one of your classes, who is challenging you with his/her behavior.

2. Commit to investing two (2) minutes a day to this student, for the next 10 days.

3. During each daily two-minute interval, your role is simple: Talk with an at-risk (at-promise?) student about anything he/she wants to talk about, so long as it's school-appropriate.

So I challenge you to try this out, and I bet you won't be disappointed. If you'd like to read more, take a look at the following two links:

Should you try this, I'd love to hear your feedback on it's effectiveness. And...I appreciate all that you do for our students and our middle school program!


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