Risa Gluskin, ACL of Student Success and Instructional Support
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Welcome to Student Success. The Student Success teacher monitors students' academic achievement and intervenes when necessary to provide additional support. The emphasis is on grade 9 and 10 students without IEPs. Marks would be under 50% or hovering just around there.
Intervention usually takes the form of one-on-one meetings with the student. Normally, these meetings would be in person. During the pandemic, the meetings are usually online. During these meetings we work on strategies for improvement. We focus on: growth mindset, executive functions, study strategies, goals and habits, motivation, etc. Ms. G also provides extra help on works with students on reading comprehension strategies, essay and paragraph-writing skills, and other relevant topics.
If you'd like to learn more about these areas, email Ms. Gluskin and ask to enroll your student in her Google classroom. That way you can get access.
Other areas that fall under Student Success include: literacy test preparation, GLS10 course (learning strategies for non-IEP'd students), ILPs (individual learning profiles), referrals to IST (in-school team), credit rescue, credit recovery, connection to peer tutoring, etc.
Here are some videos Ms. Gluskin shared with grade 9 teachers during the first half of quadmester 1, 2020-21. They are relevant no matter the date or time.
Parents of Grade 9 Students
At York Mills, we find that coming out of grade 8 many students take things too lightly, not recognizing that the demands on them in high school are greater.
In order to maximize success each student should pay attention to the following areas:
organization (of notebooks or binders, lockers, backpacks or bags, electronic folders)
attendance (everyday whether online or in person)
punctuality (on time everyday - it matters - get up a few minutes earlier if need be)
time management (schedule study and assignment preparation time - it shouldn't occur by accident - use agenda/calendar or reminders on your phone calendar app)
on task behaviour in class or at home (put the phone away, stop talking to your friends - become mindful of self-control - FIRST do your work, THEN do what you enjoy)
motivation (start working and motivation usually follows - don't wait for it to magically appear - the human brain works on the premise that successes are repeated)
going to extra help when needed (know when you need assistance and don't be afraid to ask)
- every credit counts (even if it's not a favourite subject - work toward 30 credits)
All teachers and students should have a growth mindset, a belief that intelligence can be improved. A fixed mindset, a view that intelligence is stuck at a certain level and can't improve, can be very harmful to academic success. The key to improvement is effort. We emphasize effective effort through emphasis on the learning skills. If students pay attention to the learning skills they will find the process of learning is much improved.
Closing Learning Gaps
The pandemic and online learning have affected students in serious ways. Student Success advocates for and works toward closing gaps that have developed in:
- learning skills
- attention and focus (due to excessive screen time)
Stay tuned for more information.