How Bridg-It software uses in school data to recognize disaffected and disconnected students.
Every school has students who walk the halls feeling like no one sees them and no one cares. If these students never speak up or ask for help, educators and administrators have a hard time knowing who needs their assistance.
When a student feels sick, they tell their “trusted” parent and go to a “trusted” doctor for help and support in solving their illness. When a student feels upset and disconnected at school, they do not necessarily go to a teacher or school leader for help. It is up to the school leaders to be proactive and try to identify disconnected, socially hurting students.
Measuring the Invisible
The first step in solving complex problems like these is being able to create accurate ways to measure the problem. Just as a doctor cannot see a fever or high blood pressure without measuring it, a school leader cannot readily see a student’s social and emotional pain without discussing it.
When a problem has external, visible signs and symptoms, it’s easy to measure. But what happens when the problem isn’t visible? How do you measure something that takes place inside students? School leaders need tools that can effectively measure and track the level of their students’ positive social and emotional engagement with their school, other students, and their teachers.
Factors that Measure Student Connection
It is a difficult, but crucial, process for teachers to recognize when students are socially and emotionally disconnected. Being able to measure these factors lets school leaders know when students need more support. Although the process is less straightforward than measuring a clearly visible issue, there are several things that can be monitored that shed light on student connection.
Rate of Behavioral Change Over Time
School leaders need to be able to monitor the rate of change of both positive and negative behavior over time. When school leaders receive data on student positive and negative social and emotional change quickly, students are able to receive the support they need and continue learning sooner.
Amount of Positive Student Engagement
Positive student engagement and student connection go hand in hand. Encouraging students to positively interact creates a healthier learning environment and keeps students connected with their school leaders and their peers. School leaders need a way to measure how much positive student engagement and connection there is in their school so they can more effectively address areas where positive student engagement is lacking.
Transparency with Students
Positivity has a compound effect. The more visible it is, the more it grows. When students have a way to monitor their own overall rate of positive engagement, both given and received, it empowers and encourages them to stay connected by spreading positivity themselves.
Bridg-It Provides the Solution
Bridg-It is a game-changer! Bridg-It uses real-time data to measure student connectedness and identify the least socially and emotionally engaged students. This gives school leaders the information they need to respond faster and more directly to provide the assistance needed for students and teachers.
Specifically, school leaders are able to see which students aren’t giving or receiving positive affirmations to and from other students and their teachers, effectively allowing them to encourage and help those students. Bridg-It makes it easy for school leaders to identify which students are beginning to struggle so they can help stop further social and emotional issues before they happen.
Think of it like this. If you could identify someone with a heart problem and effectively intervene and treat them prior to them having a heart attack, would you? Of course, you would! Similarly, if you could identify a struggling student and effectively intervene before they become clinically depressed and engage in self-harming behavior? Of course, you would!
With the information based on the real-time data Bridg-It provides, school leaders can stay on top of the social and emotional needs of their students and create healthy student connections and engagement. Something as simple as a smile and some recognition can keep a student from going off the rails, disconnecting, and potentially hurting themselves.
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Resources: “What Is SEL?” School Guide.