The Student SUCCESS Plan helps you catch struggling learners no matter when they begin to struggle and quickly intervene to prevent destructive struggle. It works because it:
- Provides students with support before the lesson and prepares students for learning making struggling less likely for most of your students. If we set students up to learn, if we help them acquire the skills they will need to learn effectively the first time, far fewer students will struggle.
- Provides support for students during the lesson for those points along the way where they may encounter difficulty or become confused. Anticipating the points at which students are likely to struggle and establishing a system ahead of time to intervene when students struggle helps get students quickly back on track and makes their struggle more productive.
- Provides support for students after the lesson for those few students who still need help. Setting up opportunities prior to the summative assessment or activity for students to re-engage with the material and to learn the things they missed provides yet another chance to ensure that all of your students reach your mastery threshold.
Here’s how it works:
S- Set up students for success through acceleration. In this way, you prepare students for learning by previewing the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in an upcoming lesson.
U-Uncover or create Background Knowledge so that students will have “learning loops” on which to hook new information.
C-Create mastery thresholds. Because mastery is typically a range of performance rather than a set point, identifying that range can better help you ensure that more students reach mastery.
C-Create ongoing assessments. Using formative assessments helps alert you early that students are not succeeding and allows you to drill down to discover why they are struggling so that you can best help them.
E-Establish Red Flags. Red flags are early warning signals to help you identify which students are struggling. Because they are unambiguous and cannot be ignored, they cut through the noise and ensure that you catch students early before they get into a free fall of failure.
S-Set up progressive supports are directly tied to red flags so that as soon as a student triggers a red flag, they immediately get the support they need.
S-Select appropriate remediation strategies for those students who need more intensive support. Ideally these strategies are offered just before or directly after the summative assessment to give students an additional chance to master the information as well as setting them up to be more successful on the next unit.
Now that we’ve broken down the Student SUCCESS Plan a little more, I’d love to hear your questions. So, what challenges are you facing when it comes to struggling learners? And, what questions do you have about implementing the Student SUCCESS Plan in your classroom? You can simply leave your questions in the comments here.