Taking stock...

Report card season is approaching quickly. The first quarter of another school year is almost finished. For students who have been doing their due diligence, good performance indicators are imminent. If you have struggled in the past, I hope you were reborn this year. I see it happen all the time. Each year, many students who couldn’t seem to get any traction in the past get reborn in a new school year… attitude, attendance, attention, assignments, assessments…. How’s that for alliteration?


Photo credit: Baloo Cartoons

However, I see that many of you are still struggling. As the cartoon depicts, many students save up their creativity for spinning bad results. Consider using that creative energy to plan and prevent the need for spin doctoring in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

If you haven’t exactly followed the hero’s journey, what’s stopping you? You have two arms and two legs, two eyes and two ears, just like other learners. I have said this before, but it bears repeating. Success leaves clues. Find out what successful students are doing differently, and do what they are doing. Truth be told, you probably already know.

The road to success is paved with consistent incremental improvements — not in leaps and bounds. Like the tortoise, steady wins the race.

Below is a list of the 7 habits of highly successful students:

  1. Come to school every day, unless you are very ill or have suffered a traumatic event.
  2. Plug in to learning. That means being cognitively engaged.
  3. Ask questions during lessons of you are confused. Be prepared for an annoyed teacher if your question is due to your not following step 2
  4. Do your assignments.
  5. Ask questions about assignments you do not understand. This does not include incomplete assignments you chose to skip…
  6. Plug in during activities. Don’t just copy answers from your group…
  7. Get extra help…
    • Are you visiting teachers 9th period?
    • Are you using Classzone?
    • Are you using Khan Academy?
    • Are you using Study Island?

How many of the habits do you exhibit? Focus on progress, not perfection!