110: Academic Behaviors

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Relationship between academic behaviors & academic performance:
  • attendance and study habits are better predictors for high grades than test scores and demographics
  • small differences in attendance can have large effects on performance
  • time spent on homework positively impacts performance
  • academic behaviors directly influence grades because grades often measure products of academic behaviors
  • indirectly, academic behaviors affect grades by improve students’ ability to understand and produce high quality work and improve rapport between students and teachers
How does classroom context shape academic behaviors?
  • can affect behaviors indirectly by enhancing other related non-congitive factors such as student confidence, student engagement, and student study skills
  • can affect behavior directly through behavioral expectations and strategies
Strategies for developing academic behaviors:
  • closely monitoring and providing support on student behaviors such as classroom attendance can positively impact them
  • school-wide initiatives can work – especially those aimed at improving student-teacher relationships
  • some other strategies (whose effects have not been researched) include:
    • requiring students to write assignments into planners
    • starting homework assignments in class to get students started
    • providing clear and explicit instructions for assignments
Summary of research:
  • academic behaviors are the most proximal non-cognitive factors related to student performance
  • there are many indirect ways to improve academic behaviors
  • academic behaviors strongly influence grades
  • academic behaviors are malleable
  • little evidence that working solely on academic behaviors can eliminate gaps related to race and gender
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Academic behaviors such as class attendance, homework completions, and active classroom participation directly and indirectly affect classroom performance.  Because 4 other non-cognitive factors realize academic success through academic behaviors, there are multiple ways (direct and indirect) to improve academic behaviors.  Implementing strategies for improving student academic behaviors can improve their performance.

 

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Preparation Steps
  • Create character learning targets related to key academic behaviors
  • Create learning activities and assessments related to character learning targets
Early Implementation Steps
  • Implement learning activities and assessments related to character learning targets that relate to academic behaviors
  • Measure academic behaviors to see how they relate to strategies and student performance
  • Have students track data and reflect on patterns that relate academic behaviors to strategies and academic performance
Advanced Implementation Steps
  • Use strategies like standards based grading tied to character learning targets to track and enhance skills related to key academic behaviors
  • Have students identify the strategies that most improve their academic behaviors and incorporate these into their personal routines

 

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