Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stride E-News

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holiday!  Your friends over here at Stride are thankful for these inspiring contributions from our teachers and students in Calhoun County, Alabama:
Reward Students with Privileges Worth their Weight in Gold!

Jaden Sparks
, a student at Pleasant Valley Elementary, is pictured here reading to his younger brother Hollis's Kindergarten class. Jaden chose to cash in his Stride coins for this special privilege, which is one among many perks available to students from the Stride Shop at Pleasant Valley!
This is a fantastic example of how teachers can incorporate rewards into their Stride Shop that cost nothing monetarily, but serve to connect students and allow them a change of routine in their daily school schedules. And, what a wonderful opportunity for students to experience mentoring each other!
Crystal Sparks, Principal of Pleasant Valley and also mother of Jaden and Hollis Sparks, shared: "It was super special to me to know Jaden chose that over several other extrinsic rewards." 
Thanks for encouraging Stride educators to think outside of the box when it comes to rewards! Do you have a Stride Shop reward to share? Email Amy Frith.
Take Stride Motivation to a New Level with Bulletin Boards and Grade-Level Trophies!White Plains Elementary School believes in keeping Stride visible. Their "Stride Pride Leaderboard" is updated weekly with current data for every grade level, including:
  • Top 20 students per grade level in Star Points
  • Total questions answered per grade level/per class
  • Accuracy (percentage correct) for each subject area
  • Total minutes spent in Stride/minutes at home.
White Plains Assistant Principal Jennifer Edwards says updating the bulletin board takes very little time because she can lift the data from reports built into Stride. Students in a class can easily compare their stats to other classes, and see where they could improve week-to-week. Visibility is a huge motivator for students!
White Plains has also set school-wide Stride goals for the academic year. For example, they have goals they want to reach by the end of the year for Stride accuracy and for total minutes spent in Stride at home. Each week, they can see how much closer they're progressing toward those year-end goals.
Principal of White Plains Elementary, Jonathan Gilbert, is seen here holding a grade-level trophy. Every grade has its own Stride trophy, and that trophy is awarded each week to the class that has the highest score on pre-established criteria.
We love how White Plains shows off all of the different ways students can be successful in Stride!
How Does Stride Support Special Education at Your School?
Beverly Butler, Special Education teacher at Alexandria High School, shared her testimonial:
"Stride has been a wonderful program for our students on the autism spectrum. It provides visual and auditory instruction with immediate feedback. Providing the students with multiple choice answer options is their preference and fits their learning style.
As a teacher, I love the fact that I can set the grade level to a comfortable, functional level for each student and the adaptive engine increases the level of curriculum as the student independently makes progress. When one of my students is struggling in an area, Stride emails me the information. Stride lets me know which student is struggling and in what subject area. Stride provides me the resources on the subject area of struggle, and I can print the materials and review them with the student. This allows me to see if it was the way the material was presented, the language used, or if the student missing foundational skills needed to understand the concept. Therefore, some remediation may become necessary.
After remediation, I can also individually select the lesson in Stride and have it presented again to see if the student is successful independently. My students love to earn coins for progress just as they do with our class token economy system. Stride fits my teaching style and, most importantly, fits their learning style, so they can show off what they know. I look forward to continuing to use this program. I believe it's a program which meets the needs of our students with developmental disabilities."
Chime in! We'd love to hear how you utilize Stride for special education. Email Amy Frith

Thank you for using Stride! 
Amy Frith, Editor
Stride Alabama e-News

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