"How can we engage and motivate credit recovery students for success?" Many teachers find themselves asking this question as they seek new ways of engaging hard-to-reach students to make them excited and eager learn. What are some strategies teachers can adopt to help them successfully reach more students?
Many students entering credit recovery programs face difficult personal situations, and often lack the self-confidence they need to be successful academically. In Leyden High School District, Kip Pygman, Response to Intervention Coordinator, is working with his staff to create a student-centered culture to re-engage students and build confidence. Below are the four strategies teachers at Leyden High School District use to reach students:
1. Focus on building relationships. Find more time during class to engage in conversations with each student and interact one-to-one.
2. Create a culture of high expectations. Create an instructional model that ensures credit recovery students are held to the same expectations as students in original credit courses.
3. Reward student success. Provide activities that highlight student success such as an awards program.
4. Provide personalized instruction. Students learn at their own pace, in their own way. Offer instruction that match the needs of each student and provides the support they need.
For many students, credit recovery is their last chance at earning credits needed for graduation. Since the summer of 2012, Kip and his team have helped students recover over 520 credits required for graduation.
Have you experienced success motivating credit recovery students for success? Share your strategies in the comments section.