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5 Things You Need to Know Before Applying for RAMP

The news is out!
Our school is officially a RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) school, and it feels SO good!

In my opinion, here are 5 Things You Need to Know Before Applying for RAMP:

Flipped Meetings in the High School Setting

Each year, we sit down with all of the students on our caseload and have 15 minute meetings with each individual student and parent where we discuss post-secondary/graduation plans (college and career readiness) and course registration/planning. 

It takes me about a month and a half to get through these meetings with my 400+ students on my caseload. Now don't get me wrong... I LOVE getting to sit down and talk with students and parents one-on-one. It is very life giving. What is life draining, however, is saying the SAME thing 400 times plus.

This year I set out to be more efficient (the maximizer in me). I am trying a "flipped meeting" style video that I am asking parents and students to watch before we sit down. I want to answer more of  my families' specific questions; I want to hear myself talk less. I used Screen Cast-O-Matic which I wrote a blog post about HERE last Spring. I uploaded a 15 minute video to my YouTube channel and am asking parents and students to watch it before we sit down to have our meeting.

I received one email from a parent so far with good feedback, so I am looking forward to seeing how it goes overall!

Have you ever used flipped meetings before? Was it efficient and effective? Let me know in the comments below!

Engaging Classroom Data Collection!

I really dove into the importance of collecting meaningful data in new, creative ways as our department endeavored applying for RAMP this past year. This semester, I've been in my Class of 2018's English classes 3 times (a feat! actually bit off more than I can chew with 14 classes each of those 3 times).

Using technology to collect data in the classroom is a FUN way to engage students and stay ASCA standards driven. Let's talk about the couple of very practical tools I used in this long post ahead:

2 Month Master Calendar: An Update

Two years ago, we created a white board master calendar, so we could see two months out what our days as a department would look like. (See the old blog post on it here.)

Flash forward: the washi tape was getting gross, our walls got repainted, and I needed to show you the new and improved look we've got going on! Click below to see more... the pictures!

Data Wall: A High School Bulletin Board

The first bulletin board I made in our lobby went viral on Pinterest 5 years ago and was really the reason I created a blog-- somewhere to link back to the pictures I was uploading. The images were fading and peeling off the wall, and we figured it was time for another bulletin board facelift. 

Some of our feedback from our end-of-the-year Advisory Council meeting came in the form of "I didn't know all of the great things you were doing!" especially from parents and teachers. 
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