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Caught in the “Middle” with Interventions: Innovative Solutions for Every Student. Montevallo Middle School Shelby County School District Presenters: Mr. Jason Tiffin Mrs. Tamara Wilson. Session Outline. Essential Questions What the Research Says…
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Montevallo Middle School
Shelby County School District
Mr. Jason Tiffin
Mrs. Tamara Wilson
Academic failure is often associated with the beginning of delinquency…interventions that improve a child’s academic performance have been shown to reduce delinquency.
-- Maguin and Loeber
Grades, behaviors, attendance, and tardies are better predictors of student drop out than race, test scores, and socioeconomic status.
T-Shirt for the team!
Once a month field excursions
Local and area sites
Learn about the community
past, present, future
Role models at school and in community
Opportunity to join MMS Ambassadors
Acceptance of new behaviors
Peer pressures to remain “cool”LOT/Ambassadors
Takes place at the end of the year for incoming 6th grade students, parents and PTSO members.
Helped some students improve test scores and class grades
Gave teachers the ability to pull students from elective classes
Students were able to make up absentee work and improve failing grades
Students were not receptive
Difficult to plan since there were no parameters
Made it difficult for teams to have cooperative planning timeSIC
► 1 subject – 5 (8%) ► 2 subjects – 5 (8%)
► 3 subjects – 13 (20%) ► 4 subjects – 18 (28%)
► 5 subjects – 20 (31%)
What – Students in the 7th and 8th grades can take a lower grade (6th or 7th respectively) subject that was failed in the previous school year.
Why – Allows students to pass onto the next grade if they only failed one subject instead of repeating the entire grade.
Student moves to the next grade with his/her peers
Allows schools to maintain academic integrity
Provides for mastery of class (whole year v. 2 weeks of summer school)
What happens if student fails double dipped class?
Students know that they can double dip
Behavior problems with older student in classroomSecond Helping
Rewards students for displaying the right behavior and attitude
Generates enthusiasm and positive peer pressure
What to do when student loses card
When the 3 punches are gone for the month, what do we do to keep the student from losing hope
Student “doesn’t have” card when askedPrivilege Cards
Events used in conjunction with the privilege card:
Look, if you had one shot, one opportunityTo seize everything you ever wanted…One momentWould you capture it or just let it slip?You can do anything you set your mind to, man