Position: Special Education Teacher
District: Beaumont ISD, Texas
Kevin Jackson is brand new to Rethink, but already, after only a semester of use, he has seen first hand the tremendous impact using Rethink can have on students as well as the impact it has had on his own teaching practice. Kevin works as a special education teacher in a classroom designed to support students with behavioral challenges. Since he began using Rethink to target specific behaviors for his students, he has seen students take more accountability for their actions, engage in more positive behaviors, and seen an overall reduction in problem behavior.
Kevin regularly utilizes two aspects of Rethink: Behavior Support and the Student Activity Center. Kevin will identify specific challenging behaviors that he wants to target for each student, and use Rethink to set up the behavior, develop an intervention plan, and track the behavior. Additionally, Kevin will identify each students’ skill deficits, and use the Rethink Activity Center to teach students the skills they need to acquire, giving them 20 minutes of online time a day to complete activities and practice skills.
“A lot of times seeing is believing. If they see their behavior data and they know their parents are going to see it, they are more motivated and take more responsibility. And when they see that they are doing well, they brag on themselves.”
By using these two features side by side, Kevin is able to reduce challenging behaviors and support students in building the skills they need for success. Using Rethink in this way has helped Kevin establish clear routines and practices in the classroom, making everything run more smoothly. As they have gotten into the groove of using Rethink every day, Kevin says his students have begun feeling excited about the 20 minutes they get to spend on Rethink every day.
In addition to supporting his students in reducing challenging behavior, Kevin has found that Rethink has shaped his own teaching practice. He particularly likes how Rethink’s Behavior support has encouraged him to isolate one behavior at a time rather than tackle everything at once. “Before I started using Rethink, I was trying to track everything at once and it was overwhelming,” explained Kevin, “Rethink encourages me to target specific behaviors and figure out what really works for that behavior, and then move onto the next.”
Rethink has also helped Kevin run more consistent data, which he says has lead to more accountability amongst his students. Not only do students feel more accountable when Kevin can go in and see whether they were actually working, but regularly showing students their own behavior data has helped them take more responsibility for their actions. “They feel more responsible for their own behavior,” said Kevin. “A lot of times seeing is believing. If they see their behavior data and they know their parents are going to see it, they are more motivated and take more responsibility. And when they see that they are doing well, they brag on themselves.”
Keep up the incredible work, Kevin! Congratulation on being this month’s Spotlight Teacher!