It’s time to prepare for parent-teacher conferences and you really want them to be effective. You are especially concerned about Isaac’s conference, because you know this is an opportunity to make sure he is on track for success. You know it is critical to engage everyone who cares for Isaac — his other teachers, his parents, even Isaac himself, especially since he is starting to show some minor behavior challenges. You realize that last year, without Kickboard, you relied on experience and intuition to drive conversations about behavior but now you have solid behavior data to share and act upon. Using data rather than emotion to guide the conversation empowers all stakeholders to make the best decisions for the child’s success.
You use the Kickboard app on your iPhone or iPad, to show everyone at the conference Isaac's positivity ratio. You share that he has earned $101 Bengal Bucks and point out that he's earning more positive than negative behaviors.
You pull up the Culture Analysis page on the web application and filter by student to show the group Isaac's behavior log, noting the most recent ones show at the top. As you click through, you point out that he's earning positive and negative behaviors in both of his classrooms and analyze the teacher comments together.
You pull up the Culture Analysis page on the web application and filter by student to show Isaac's most frequent behaviors. Everyone at the table celebrates the fact that two of Isaac's most frequent behaviors are going above and beyond and accepting feedback. You point out that disruption is the behavior to concentrate on improving. You decide to filter by this behavior to take a closer look.
Since you identified the behavior you want to focus on, you filter Culture Analysis by student down to just the behavior “disruption”. You show the group the line graph and discuss how Isaac compares to his peers over time. This is further data to suggest that Isaac needs some support with this particular behavior compared to other 4th graders.
You focus attention to the bar graph on the Culture Analysis page, still filtered by the behavior “disruption”, and the team notices something interesting in this breakdown by day - Wednesdays are tough! Isaac's dad realizes that Tuesday nights are challenging for their family because Isaac goes to the neighbor's house until 11pm while his dad works the late shift. You all conclude that a lack of sleep may be part of the problem. Isaac's dad decides to make alternate arrangements for Tuesday nights to see if this trend changes.
Isaac's dad expresses interest in getting behavior information every day so you help him log in to the Parent Portal for the first time. Now the family can get real-time updates of Isaac's behavior each day and reward him at home for the positive choices he makes.
Don't have the Parent Portal active yet, click the link at the bottom of the page to find out how to set it up!
You remind Isaac's dad to look for a printed report the school sends home every Friday that details Isaac's behaviors and consequences. He can use the report to have weekly conversations and incentives at home to encourage good behavior choices.