The recognitions tool in Otus is a great way for teachers and administrators to track and analyze positive and negative behaviors for individual or groups of students. There are some negative behaviors, however, that may be sensitive things to document. This article will explain each of the ways to document negative behaviors so that you can use Otus in an optimal way.
The first option when documenting negative behaviors is to assign recognitions using our recognition tool. Administrators have the ability to create negative "district recognitions" that can be applied by staff members across the district. Teachers have the ability to create their own custom negative "teacher recognitions" as well.
By assigning negative recognitions to students, each of the recognitions is documented and can be analyzed using the analytics tool. This is especially useful to determine patterns of negative behaviors over time. If students and family members have accounts, they will also be able to see the documentation of negative behaviors that are assigned with the recognition tool.
In some cases, teachers and administrators may want to document certain negative behaviors, but do not want that information to be shared with the student or family member within their Otus account. Teachers and Administrators have a couple of options:
Adding a Teacher Note
The first, is to add a teacher note. This is a way for teachers or administrators to keep notes of negative behaviors of a student within certain classes. As notes are added, a running record of negative behaviors for that individual student can be documented in each class. This information is not shared with the student or any family member connected to the student account.
*If a class is archived at the end of a term or school year, access to the student notes will disappear.*
Adding Information into the Student Profile
If teachers and administrators want to document negative behaviors and do not want that information to be shared with the student or family member within their Otus account AND they want the information to stay with the student from year-to-year, the best option is to add this to the Student Profile.
Within each student profile in the information tab. there is an attachment section at the bottom. In the top right of this section is a "+ Attachment" button. This is a place where teachers and administrators can attach documents, images, recordings, or notes about a student. This information will not be shared with the student or a family member connected to the student account. Anything that is added to the student record folder will stay with the student as long as they are rostered in your school or district.
Here is a link explaining how to add items to the Student Profile.