Coaches' Corner: Score Your Advisories

Up student buy-in by having them rate their advisory meetings

For Middle Level

Dear Coach Scott, 
OK, so students are now leading Circle of Power and Respect (CPR) advisories.
What else can we do to get our students to buy in to the meetings?  

Coach Scott says,
Empower your students by having them assess their advisory meetings. Students can work together to create a CPR assessment scale that describes gradations of quality. Then, individual meetings are assessed at the end of class by indicating where they fall on the scale. The student-owned assessments, tracked over a week or two, will give the group indicators of their progress toward the kind of meeting they consider most successful and will provide a starting point for improvement.  

Sample scale and record for CPR

Step one:
Spend one advisory period creating with students a brief set of indicators
for successful meetings.

Sample student-generated set of high-quality CPR characteristics:

  • all four components are present
  • meeting is friendly in tone
  • lively conversations and activities are present
  • behavior is orderly and follows the school's Social Contract
  • students lead meeting (after the first eight weeks of school)
  • 100% of student participate

Step two:
Create a scale using the characteristics brainstormed in step one.

Sample high-quality CPR characteristics:
four components, orderly, friendly, student-led, lively, 100% participation

Four or more characteristics = +2
Three characteristics = +1
Two characteristics = -1
One or no characteristics = -2

Step three:
Create a recording sheet.

Sample CPR meetings rated for two weeks:
Coaches' Corner CPR Rating Chart 

Step four:
Students use the scale and the recording sheet to assess CPR meetings
for one or two weeks.

Step five:
Make adjustments to your meetings as needed.

For example, if as you record the daily assessments, you realize that your meetings
are consistently lacking in liveliness, include more lively greetings, activities,
or sharing formats.

Scott Tyink is a Developmental Designs consultant for Origins.


Related Topics: 
Advisory, Goals and Assessment