Educators Guide 

Student Observations

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Teaching Emotional Regulation Using KidConnect

Life Skills for Success and Less Stress for Everyone

KidConnect Classroom is an iPad app used by students to manage their emotions in the moment. This section of the KidConnect Clubhouse is focused on student observations using KidConnect Classroom and how to best incorporate it into your classroom to best meet your needs, activities, and time. 

 

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Using Observation 

Observation is a quick way to collect behavioral data on your students. Simply select the student and then record the what, when, and where of the students' behavior and most importantly begin collecting and understading the why's behind their actions.

Take and use real time photos and videos to capture student behavior. Use observations to catch kids showing great behaviors too! Perfect to use at conferences or to easily add to report card comments.

 

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Follow Up Actions & Ideas

We encourage you to always add notes to the observation of your student. The data you collect using KidConnect is truly helpful for spotting issues, trends and successes.

Observations are made much richer by the anecdotal information you capture. The excellent thing about the KidConnect app is that you can add more information if it becomes available later on. 

One of our most popular features is the ability to share observations with colleagues, and even yourself, using the easy email feature.

With each observation you are creating a living behavioral assessment of your students. Notes and charts are great, but really in this case, a picture combined with notes really is invaluable to your work with your students. 

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 Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

OK, post-observation what do I do?

At the end of an Observation, it is a good idea to use the follow-up email feature. 

  • This is a quick reminder to yourself to sit down with the child and discuss how next time they have an incident they will be using this KidConnect to help them make the connection to their behavior and their feelings. (See Introducing KidConnect for more ideas and actions)
  • Share with a team member.

Review the student under manage and specifically the Personalize Feelings and Strategies. You may want to edit or customize the strategies for your student and your school. Then next time a similar situation occurs you can let the student use KidConnect by themselves (some students may require assistance) to manage their own behavior. 

Why do you suggest only four feelings?

As you know well, sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming for students. We have found that especially when dealing with feelings, less can be more. 

 

When should I video/picture of the student's behaviors?
The real-time photo/video feature of the app was one of our most requested and most popular. Using an iPhone or iPad for photos and videos is really easy, and can be done without a lot of disruption in the classroom. We think that any time you see a behavior-positive or negative- you should take a quick snap. Photos and videos of their own behaviors are really the most helpful for behavior change. Seeing yourself is powerful! 
When do I transition to the student using KidConnect Incident vs. adding another observation?
 What we suggest is that whenever possible, you spend 3 days observing behavior and taking the data that comes along with those observations. During the observation period, we suggest you introduce KidConnect to your students so that you will be ready to use it when it is needed. Once you have conducted your observations, you can use the incident feature with your student to start the path toward behavior change. 
 
 

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