Student progress monitoring is a vital process that help teachers use student performance data to constantly monitor the significance of their teaching or guidance and to implement more effective decisions.
With constant evaluation of students you can quickly identify the student who falls below the line. Giving extra attention can help these students to improve individual performance and eventually boost overall school pass percentages.
Here are a few easy and quick steps. If you find them applicable, try and find out whether it works for your school.
The first thing that all schools should have is a sort of monitoring system whereby the school provide short term (e.g. monthly or half a termly) learning objectives that most of the class will achieve and teachers can assess the classroom learning accordingly. You need to ensure that each child has their own targets for the half term which are specific and measurable. The measurable items could be the student’s language skills, numeracy skills etc. At the start of the next half term they check the targets and set new ones if they’ve been achieved.
To evaluate academic performance, marks per semester or term are also important. Schools should show the report to parents and keep them up to date on their child’s progress. So, parents are also able to acknowledge whether their kid needs more attention.
Managing and tracking individual attendance plays an important part in students’ academic results. Maintaining a regular attendance record in schools is necessary for students’ success. If a student misses a class, then it will be hard for him/her to catch up next day and will be far behind compared to other students in the following classes. Alert parents regularly when their child skips a class. Poor attendance can also result in low pass percentage of schools. Education and exam boards also want schools to have an acceptable level of overall attendance for each standard. Shortening the leaves taking in an academic year students will be able to improve their studies to a great extend. In terms of attendance 80% would mean a student has missed approximately 40 days of education in a single academic year, which is around one day per week. So if the attendance is 80% from Standard 6 to Standard 10, then a student will have missed over one full year of education! There has been lots of research that proves there is a direct correlation between attendance and academic achievement of pupils.
As a teacher you have to create a feeling that your students can ask any doubt during the session and start asking out questions in between teaching. Ask questions to them and let them ask questions while teaching. This will let them involve with the lessons and they will be more interested in the topic. Participation of students in debate and quiz engages student involvement to a greater extend. Debates help student’s to speak up in a group. They get the confidence to make a statement, ask questions, and argue for a different solution in a group and so on. This will help them in a lot of ways. It will let them think out of the box ideas, make them wonder why, gives better communication skills, encourage them to find answers and learn more things by themselves.
Classroom behaviour is another trickiest issue teachers face today. Disruptive behavior results in lost curriculum time and creates a classroom environment that is not favourable for learning. One key to tackle behavioral problems is to promote positive behavior before problems arise. Developing a positive mental behaviour helps students to focus on learning and perform better in exams.
Never procrastinate homework and assignments, this could be one of the reason your student lags behind other students in the class. One benefit that education experts cite is that homework helps build a child’s sense of responsibility. A little amount of homework help students build study habits. The effect of homework on academic achievement vary with student’s age. You also need to identify the types of homework assignments that are more effective and shift focus to giving more of those.
When you ask your students a question, encourage them to elaborate the answers, comment on a statement and ask them to summarize topics that got covered in the session. This will help in increasing student thinking, memory capacity and will gradually improve their results. The next step is to help your students to make a revision timetable that actually works. Assist them on identifying the specific topics and subjects they need to revise each day. This way you can ensure that the pupils and making the most of their time they have available to study and prepare betterfor the exams.
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