Getting On Course with Starfish
With Week 3 of the spring term upon us, Starfish reports are right around the corner. In terms of early engagement and positive psychology, these emails are a valuable resource for instructors to build student confidence and naturally integrate the On Course principles into their course culture.
Kudos are a logical choice to promote the choices of successful students. For example:
Excellent work so far this term! I’m truly impressed with your attention to detail and commitment to the learning process. I know how difficult it can be to manage work, school, and life. To that end, please know that your hard work does not go unnoticed, and it is this type of self-motivation and personal responsibility that our employers are most looking for when hiring NWTC graduates.
In addition, even if a student is already struggling, a kudos might be just the tool to sandwich in some constructive feedback on how to get on course. For example:
I appreciate your attendance and active listening in my class, though I’m concerned with your missing work/low scores. To be successful in this class (and life!) it’s necessary to manage your time, set concrete goals, and use available resources to earn the grade you want. NWTC has many valuable opportunities to assist your learning process, such as academic coaching. Likewise, if there are extenuating circumstances to consider, we also have many free services such as financial advising, childcare assistance, and licensed counseling.
For today’s student, the On Course principles are more than just choices—they are life skills that not only improve course pass rates and college persistence, but also provide real-world lessons for work and home. For a culture truly committed to student success, everyone must be On Course. The Week 3 Starfish report provides just the opportunity to do so.
How about you? In the spirit of interdependence, please share your own best practices for the Starfish reports, especially those that help students make successful choices!