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  • Writer's pictureJim Mercer

SamTastic Weekly Tip: 10/9/23 - Teach ~ Learn ~ Care

This week’s tip:Teach ~ Learn ~ Care

Can you connect each student with one or more caring adult in your school?

Time Change Coach Travis Mackey did so when he was a SAM principal at Geneseo High School in Illinois. He knew school is more than academic content. He knew paying attention to each student’s mental health is key.

Through connection exercises students list adults they trust. Adults take a list of students and mark each person they believe they have a strong, trusting relationship. A sociogram is then created showing the number student/adult connections. The staff then works to build connections with students who are missing trusted adults in their lives.

Sound hard to do? Actually, it is easy and costs nothing. We even have a six minute HD video to show you how.

Travis will be one of 40 breakout session presenters at the 17th Annual National SAM Conference in January.

Another Time Change Coach, Steve Seid, asked last month if he could begin a podcast featuring SAM teams he coaches. Steve, a former SAM principal and SAM superintendent, found podcasts to be an effective way to connect with his school community. He wondered of a podcast featuring the SAM teams he works with would be valuable for others SAM practitioners. Here’s a link to the first edition of SAM SeidNotes with guest Robert Studly, SAM Principal, Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy, Kissimmee, Florida.

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