Tuesday, March 22, 2016

#SOL16 Day 22 Meetings...

#SOL16 Day 22

Have you ever had to sit in a meeting at school to discuss your student's work or behavior? Most of the time, you provide data, work samples, test results, parent info, etc to come up with a plan of attack to help the student be more successful while at school.
Well this morning, I was in one of those meetings. Except today, I got to start with a success story. How one of my student's is making progress; both academically and behaviorally. I was able to share examples and show data to back up what I was seeing in the classroom. Halfway through the counselor said, "Wait. This is a good thing, right?" We all laughed, because in the midst of all the craziness, we sometimes don't take time to appreciate when something is going well! Here was a kid who was being successful because of our interventions and was truly happy in the classroom. That meeting took on a different tone after that.  It was easier to discuss the other concerns and come up with a plan. Maybe because instead of focusing on the needs, failures, concerns, whatever, we chose to start off with sharing our successes, our wins, their happiness. What a difference it made! This was a good reminder that we can always find something to celebrate with every kid! It is just as easy to find something to complain about! It is our choice!! I'm glad we made the right choice today!!


  1. Something so simple, right? Definitely a good reminder to try and find something positive to focus on before getting into the negative stuff!

  2. I am happy for you, the student who was being discussed and his parents that he/she is responding so well to the interventions you are providing.

  3. This is a great reminder. I always try to start and end with positives. It makes it easier to discuss any of the hard stuff in the middle. Sounds like you had a good meeting!