Are you looking for a way to connect with students digitally during eLearning?
While many schools are accustomed to eLearning days due to weather events, such time away from the classroom is typically short-lived. However, COVID-19 has radically changed education in the past few weeks. The prospect of completing the remainder of the school year online is now reality for schools everywhere. It is possible to connect with students digitally during this unique period.
Using CICO to Stay Connected Every Day
One school is using PBIS Rewards to help keep students on track for the remaining weeks of the school year. Parklane Elementary School in Fulton County, Georgia is using the PBIS Rewards Check-In/Check-Out (CICO) feature to do just that! The school has started daily CICO plans, with one class period and specific goals that relate to the student’s needs. Such goals might include staying focused or completing assignments.
Each day, the CICO coach contacts the students assigned to them via phone, email, or other method of communication. This “check-in” time allows for relationship building, self-reflection and accountability. The student can discuss how they are doing both in academics and in their personal life. During the initial conversation, the coach will work with the student to set goals based on what they are doing well and where they have room to grow.
During the conversation, the coach will edit the data to score the student based on their discussion. It is during this conversation that “check out” also takes place. The coach can make comments about their conversation and finalize the check out for the day. If the coach misses a day, that is okay! Information can be edited for the previous day, and the coach can proceed with the check-in for that day.
Weekly CICO Plans
For some schools, a daily check-in isn’t necessary or practical. CICO also offers the option for weekly plans, if checking in with students once a week better fits your school’s needs. Coaches will still have the option to edit information, as well as add comments on the day of reviewing the plan.
CICO plans can work both for daily and weekly check-ins, provided that your school adheres to best practices. Keeping it simple, positive, and encouraging will help students to reach their CICO goals, even during eLearning.
Tracking CICO During eLearning
Of course, the best way to know how well your students are responding to their CICO plans is to look at the data. The Check-In/Check-Out feature of PBIS Rewards allows coaches to create and review reports for individual students as well as for all students using CICO. Coaches can view all student plans on the CICO Coaches’ page. These reports can be helpful for tracking trends as well as providing an overview of each student’s progress. Each coach can view comments, make edits, and even print the plans if needed.
Even when your school is doing eLearning, it’s possible to help your students to learn and grow with the Check-In/Check-Out feature in PBIS Rewards. Want to know more? Just ask!
Register for our Flash Webinar!
Join us on April 3rd at 12 pm CDT for a Flash Webinar as we discuss how to use Digital CICO to stay connected with students during distance learning. We’ll be joined by some of the team from Parklane Elementary. Register today!