Boosting Students’ Precision & Persistence:A New Take on a Timeless ChallengeGary J. Williams, Ed.D.Crafton Hills CollegeY...
Let’s Start with a Game …• Solve the Puzzle on the next slide• You will have 20 seconds• Type your solution in the Chat Box
Let’s Start with a Game …• What skills or qualities were required of you?• What was the conversation that you had withyour...
Our Challenge …• How to Engage Students who possess: Low Expectations Self-defeating attitudes and habits.• Lack of Prec...
What is Precision?Students operate with a sense of exactness in all they do.They listen carefully, express themselves clea...
What is Persistence?Students understand that overcoming obstacles are the key to success in collegeand in life.They displa...
Precision & PersistenceThe core of student engagementTogether – defines a self-directed learner.Strategic approaches that ...
Behaviors & Attitudes• Defined: Task-orientation with precision.• The ability to break larger expectations into specific t...
Why do so manystudents struggle withPrecision &Persistence?
• Some Reasons for Student Struggles:– Procrastination– Low Motivation– Unclear goals/purpose/direction– In need of Organi...
Precision/PersistenceConcepts:Activities that Introduce Key Concepts … Case Study: “The Procrastinators” (On Course, Skip...
ModelingPrecision/PersistenceStructure your course around planning. Syllabus, Assignment Lists Require students to carry...
Steps to Encourage PrecisionBegin with the syllabus …Calendaring & PrioritizingProject planning & delegation of tasks.Dail...
Steps to encourage PersistenceIndividual and Group-oriented games and challenges that require persistence.Values clarifica...
Precision & PersistenceWhat are some of your strategies for encouraging studentsto become more precise and/or persist thro...
Questions?Gary J. Williams, Ed.D.Professor/Instructional Assessment SpecialistCrafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA(909) 389-...
The Benefits of InternalizingCompetitivenessto the Learning ProcessGary J. Williams, Ed.D.Crafton Hills CollegeYucaipa, CA
Today’s Agenda:Copy over the intro slide…
Let’s Start with a Test …• You will need a blank sheet of paper & pen/pencil• You will have 20 seconds• Please complete as...
SOLVE!0 x 5 =3 x 1 =3 x 12 =2 x 3 =8 x 1 =2 x 9 =3 x 11=7 x 3 =1 x 2 =3 x 6 =11 x 3 =12 x 1 =1 x 0 =2 x 8 =12 x 3 =9 x 3 =...
Count Your Correct Answers:033668183321218331201836271215308635401522724242401832709122141210180210024620
Let’s do it again …• Turn over your sheet of paper …• MAKE A PREDICTION: Write it down in the top corner.• 20 Seconds• As...
SOLVE!0 x 5 =3 x 1 =3 x 12 =2 x 3 =8 x 1 =2 x 9 =3 x 11=7 x 3 =1 x 2 =3 x 6 =11 x 3 =12 x 1 =1 x 0 =2 x 8 =12 x 3 =9 x 3 =...
Count Your Correct Answers:033668183321218331201836271215308635401522724242401832709122141210180210024620
What happened the second timearound?• Did you outperform your first total?• Did you meet/exceed your prediction?• How did ...
COMPETITION
What is Competition?• What first comes to mind for you?• Where do our notions of competition come from?• How do your stude...
What do we mean by‘Internalized Competition?’• Focusing on elements that motivate students to perform at theirbest.• Encou...
Benefits of Competition:• Focus on Achieving/Producing Results• Directs energy toward employing strategies/taking successf...
Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults
Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults Actions
Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults ActionsState of Being
Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults ActionsState of BeingBelief System
Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults ActionsState of BeingBelief System
How Can Students Practice?• In Class …• Homework …• Preparing for Tests . . .• During Tests …• Group Assignments …• Tracki...
Strategies for DevelopingInternalized Competition• GAMES are GREAT!!!• Re-frame activities to include puzzles, games,riddl...
Internalized Competitionin Study StrategiesWhat Approach works best?• Study, Study, Study, Study (SSSS)• Study, Study, Stu...
The Study:StudyTechniqueSTTTSSSTSSSS180 CollegeStudentsRetention ofInformationS = Study T =Test
RESULTS:
Time for another Challenge …
Do you see it?
One Solution:
Created for free at www.variety-games.com
‘Anti-Gravity’Tent Pole Challenge:
Questor GameFrom http://matec.org/questor/ Maricopa Community College
Insights onInternalized Competition:(Adapted from a lecture by Dr. Edward “Chip” Anderson)
Take-Aways:• Internalized competition can be a powerful framework forengaged, self-directed learning.• Competition can be ...
Questions?Gary J. Williams, Ed.D.Professor/Instructional Assessment SpecialistCrafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA(909) 389-...
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge
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This May 21, 2013 webinar offered a fresh perspective on an all-too-common challenge: how to engage students who possess low expectations as well as self-defeating habits and attitudes. These characteristics often manifest in behaviors that reflect a lack of precision, or an aversion to academic challenges, or both. In this session, we will share and discuss strategies that can help your students develop new ways of being and doing which can boost their self-confidence and lead to greater success.

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  • Boosting Students’ Precision & Persistence:  A New Take on a Timeless Challenge: This interactive webinar will offer a fresh perspective on an all-too-common challenge: how to engage students who possess low expectations as well as self-defeating attitudes and habits.  These characteristics often manifest in behaviors that reflect a lack of precision, or an aversion to academic challenges, or both.  In this session, we will share and discuss strategies that can help your students develop new ways of being and doing that can boost their self-confidence and lead to greater success. 
  • Cengage Learning Webinar, Student Engagement, Boosting Students' Precision & Persistence: A New Take on a Timeless Challenge

    1. 1. Boosting Students’ Precision & Persistence:A New Take on a Timeless ChallengeGary J. Williams, Ed.D.Crafton Hills CollegeYucaipa, CA
    2. 2. Let’s Start with a Game …• Solve the Puzzle on the next slide• You will have 20 seconds• Type your solution in the Chat Box
    3. 3. Let’s Start with a Game …• What skills or qualities were required of you?• What was the conversation that you had withyourself while solving the puzzle?• How would some of your students respond to thischallenge?
    4. 4. Our Challenge …• How to Engage Students who possess: Low Expectations Self-defeating attitudes and habits.• Lack of Precision• Aversion to Academic Challenges• Developing strategic approaches to operate withprecision & persistence
    5. 5. What is Precision?Students operate with a sense of exactness in all they do.They listen carefully, express themselves clearly, and read and recall withexactness.They clarify details as needed, complete tasks with a high degree of precision.
    6. 6. What is Persistence?Students understand that overcoming obstacles are the key to success in collegeand in life.They display a sense of determination and urgency when facing obstacles andchallenges.They possess a high level of commitment, doing “whatever it takes” to succeed.
    7. 7. Precision & PersistenceThe core of student engagementTogether – defines a self-directed learner.Strategic approaches that are effectiveConscientiousness
    8. 8. Behaviors & Attitudes• Defined: Task-orientation with precision.• The ability to break larger expectations into specific tasks to be completed,usually under deadline.• The ability to set goals, and formulate steps to completion• The ability to follow instructions, execute a sequence of steps, e.g. Lab orClinical procedures• Language: “Staying on Task” “Task-master”• Being a Finisher = Success
    9. 9. Why do so manystudents struggle withPrecision &Persistence?
    10. 10. • Some Reasons for Student Struggles:– Procrastination– Low Motivation– Unclear goals/purpose/direction– In need of Organization Skills– Living in “the Great Void” …
    11. 11. Precision/PersistenceConcepts:Activities that Introduce Key Concepts … Case Study: “The Procrastinators” (On Course, SkipDowning) Note-taking with Precision Memory skills – how to encode, store and recall keyinformation The Multi-tasking debate How to practice/encourage precision when working ingroups
    12. 12. ModelingPrecision/PersistenceStructure your course around planning. Syllabus, Assignment Lists Require students to carry a planner and write in them. Write upcoming deadlines on the board. Build in structure consistently. Stress “Chunking” -- dividing up tasks & information inpieces easy to understand/organize & manipulate.
    13. 13. Steps to Encourage PrecisionBegin with the syllabus …Calendaring & PrioritizingProject planning & delegation of tasks.Daily To-do lists: Model them in class – manage your class tasksGrading rubrics that encourage completion with precision.
    14. 14. Steps to encourage PersistenceIndividual and Group-oriented games and challenges that require persistence.Values clarification exercisesCommit to completion of all tasks and stepsDiscuss concepts such as Locus of Control, Scripts, Self-Talk, Resilience
    15. 15. Precision & PersistenceWhat are some of your strategies for encouraging studentsto become more precise and/or persist through obstacles?
    16. 16. Questions?Gary J. Williams, Ed.D.Professor/Instructional Assessment SpecialistCrafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA(909) 389-3567gwilliams@craftonhills.edu
    17. 17. The Benefits of InternalizingCompetitivenessto the Learning ProcessGary J. Williams, Ed.D.Crafton Hills CollegeYucaipa, CA
    18. 18. Today’s Agenda:Copy over the intro slide…
    19. 19. Let’s Start with a Test …• You will need a blank sheet of paper & pen/pencil• You will have 20 seconds• Please complete as many items as possible
    20. 20. SOLVE!0 x 5 =3 x 1 =3 x 12 =2 x 3 =8 x 1 =2 x 9 =3 x 11=7 x 3 =1 x 2 =3 x 6 =11 x 3 =12 x 1 =1 x 0 =2 x 8 =12 x 3 =9 x 3 =2 x 6 =3 x 5 =10 x 3 =2 x 4 =6 x 1 =1 x 3 =5 x 1 =2 x 2 =0 x 7 =5 x 3 =2 x 1 =3 x 9 =8 x 3 =12 x 2 =2 x 12 =0 x 2 =9 x 2 =1 x 3 =3 x 9 =11 x 0=3 x 3 =1 x 1 =2 x 11=2 x 7 =4 x 3 =2 x 5 =6 x 3 =2 x 0 =3 x 7 =0 x 3 =0 x 0 =3 x 8 =3 x 2 =2 x 10 =
    21. 21. Count Your Correct Answers:033668183321218331201836271215308635401522724242401832709122141210180210024620
    22. 22. Let’s do it again …• Turn over your sheet of paper …• MAKE A PREDICTION: Write it down in the top corner.• 20 Seconds• As before, please solve as many items as possible.
    23. 23. SOLVE!0 x 5 =3 x 1 =3 x 12 =2 x 3 =8 x 1 =2 x 9 =3 x 11=7 x 3 =1 x 2 =3 x 6 =11 x 3 =12 x 1 =1 x 0 =2 x 8 =12 x 3 =9 x 3 =2 x 6 =3 x 5 =10 x 3 =2 x 4 =6 x 1 =1 x 3 =5 x 1 =2 x 2 =0 x 7 =5 x 3 =2 x 1 =3 x 9 =8 x 3 =12 x 2 =2 x 12 =0 x 2 =9 x 2 =1 x 3 =3 x 9 =11 x 0=3 x 3 =1 x 1 =2 x 11=2 x 7 =4 x 3 =2 x 5 =6 x 3 =2 x 0 =3 x 7 =0 x 3 =0 x 0 =3 x 8 =3 x 2 =2 x 10 =
    24. 24. Count Your Correct Answers:033668183321218331201836271215308635401522724242401832709122141210180210024620
    25. 25. What happened the second timearound?• Did you outperform your first total?• Did you meet/exceed your prediction?• How did you approach the activity differently the second timearound?• How did the prediction influence your performance?• What influenced your prediction?• Did you become more “competitive?”• What can you take from this exercise that could help yourstudents?
    26. 26. COMPETITION
    27. 27. What is Competition?• What first comes to mind for you?• Where do our notions of competition come from?• How do your students view competition?• What’s the connotation that can best serve our students?
    28. 28. What do we mean by‘Internalized Competition?’• Focusing on elements that motivate students to perform at theirbest.• Encouraging the use of strategies that produce desired results.• Activities that appeal to students’ sense of play, imagination &possibility – and FUN!• Develop & refine knowledge & skills.• Build on successful experiences that foster self-confidence,resilience & creativity.• Reframe academic tasks so that they are less intimidating, lesshigh-stakes.
    29. 29. Benefits of Competition:• Focus on Achieving/Producing Results• Directs energy toward employing strategies/taking successful actions.• Promotes risk-taking, collaboration & resourcefulness.• Boosts confidence, and fosters positive ways of being.• Transforms a students’ belief system.• Students take charge/responsibility for learning.• Aligns with other CSFI Factors.
    30. 30. Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults
    31. 31. Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults Actions
    32. 32. Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults ActionsState of Being
    33. 33. Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults ActionsState of BeingBelief System
    34. 34. Competition into Results:A FrameworkResults ActionsState of BeingBelief System
    35. 35. How Can Students Practice?• In Class …• Homework …• Preparing for Tests . . .• During Tests …• Group Assignments …• Tracking Grades …
    36. 36. Strategies for DevelopingInternalized Competition• GAMES are GREAT!!!• Re-frame activities to include puzzles, games,riddles or structured play.• Physical activities/challenges• Group/team-oriented challenges• Give students/teams the time & space to work outsolutions.• Be open to creative/alternative solutions.
    37. 37. Internalized Competitionin Study StrategiesWhat Approach works best?• Study, Study, Study, Study (SSSS)• Study, Study, Study, Test (SSST)• Study, Test, Test, Test (STTT)Roediger, H., & Karpicke, J.D. (2006), Test-Enhanced Learning: Taking Memory Tests Improves Long-Term Retention, PsychologicalScience, 17(3), 249-255. dol:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2006.01693.xThanks to Christine Harrington, Author: Student Success In College: Doing What Works! (2013)
    38. 38. The Study:StudyTechniqueSTTTSSSTSSSS180 CollegeStudentsRetention ofInformationS = Study T =Test
    39. 39. RESULTS:
    40. 40. Time for another Challenge …
    41. 41. Do you see it?
    42. 42. One Solution:
    43. 43. Created for free at www.variety-games.com
    44. 44. ‘Anti-Gravity’Tent Pole Challenge:
    45. 45. Questor GameFrom http://matec.org/questor/ Maricopa Community College
    46. 46. Insights onInternalized Competition:(Adapted from a lecture by Dr. Edward “Chip” Anderson)
    47. 47. Take-Aways:• Internalized competition can be a powerful framework forengaged, self-directed learning.• Competition can be developed.• Creating the conditions for cultivating this capacity withinstudents requires planning.• Activities can invigorate your course, and introduce a newlevel of engagement & fun.
    48. 48. Questions?Gary J. Williams, Ed.D.Professor/Instructional Assessment SpecialistCrafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA(909) 389-3567gwilliams@craftonhills.edu

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