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Good to Great - Male School - 2009

  1. 1. Special thanks to the teaching staff of Male SchoolThanks for your commitment to teaching and learning!From Good to Great!Think WinWin
  2. 2. Who are we?Who are you?• Thumball Toss• One Minute Interview
  3. 3. What is good teaching? How do we move to great teaching?What is good learning? How do we move to great learning?How do we learn to teach better so that kids will learn better?How can you tell? What is your proof?What are your needs? How can we help?
  4. 4. What I KnowWhat I Wantto LearnWhat I HaveLearned
  5. 5. Think WinWinWorking InteractivelyWinning Independently“many poor learners can be turned around if we justacknowledge differences amongst them and re-educateourselves on how to help them succeed.” We, asteachers, are the ones to change.
  6. 6. Why?ThinkPairShareCompare
  7. 7. What are our targets?1. To examine our instructional strategies so that wewill improve student learning and studentengagement2. To examine our feedback and assessment practices,and to determine how to effectively utilize feedbackthat will improve student learning.3. To build a professional learning community ofindividuals at Male School who will work together tofurther Male School4. To create a personal goal for the remainder of theschool year that will improve student learning.Today‟s Agenda:Morning Tea: 10:00 a.m.Expert Hotline: 11:30 a.m.Lunch: 12:00 p.m.Afternoon Tea: 3:00 p.m.Departure: 3:30 p.m.
  8. 8. Commercial Breaks10:00 a.m.Planning: Backwards by Design, Learning Outcomes,Daily Lesson Planning/Schemes11:00 a.m.Assessment for Learning (Feedback, Pre-assessmentPost Assessment)1:00 p.m.Classroom Management/Strategies and Cues2:00 p.m.Inquiry Based Learning Through CriticalThinking/Questioning3:00 p.m.Character Education/Counselling
  9. 9. PlanningClassroom ManagementService LearningSpecial EducationAssessment/Questioning
  10. 10. Introduction:Anticipatory Set:Bridging:Objective/Learning Outcome:Body of Lesson:Instructional Input/Modeling/Checking for Understanding(What the teacher will do)1.2.3.Learning Activity/Guided Practice/Independent Practice(What the student will do)1.2.3.Conclusion:Closure (Review, Homework, Early Finishers):Evaluation/Assessment:Adaptations/Modifications
  11. 11. The Learning Pyramid• We Learn……
  12. 12. What does the research say abouthow our students learn?
  13. 13. We All Learn Differently• Multiple Intelligences• Learning Styles (Visual, Auditory,Tactile/Kinesthetic)• Brain Differences• Gender Differences
  14. 14. MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES19VERBAL/LINGUISTIC(WORD SMART)Sensitivity to the sounds, rhythms,and meanings of words and language,both written and spoken.LOGICAL/MATHEMATICAL(NUMBER SMART)Capacity to deal with numbers,formulae, abstract patterns andinductive/deductive thinking.VISUAL/SPATIAL(PICTURE SMART)Reliance on sense of sight andability to visualize; includes abilityto create mental images.BODILY/KINESTHETIC(BODY SMART)Ability to deal with andcontrol body movementsand handle objects skillfully.MUSICAL/RHYTHMIC(MUSIC SMART)Capacity to recognize andproduce tonal patterns, sounds,pitch, rhythms, and beats.INTERPERSONAL(PEOPLE SMART)Has to do withperson-to-personcommunication and relationships.INTRAPERSONAL(SELF SMART)Relates to self-reflection, metacognition,awareness of one’s own feelings andinternal states of being.NATURALIST(NATURE SMART )Appreciation for nature andecological issues; recognizespatterns in organisms & in nature.
  15. 15. The Brain…..5 Principles of theBrain Friendly Classroom
  16. 16. Instructional Methods for Success• Teaching others/Cooperative Learning (Stand up,Sit Down, Round Robin, Numbered Heads, Jigsaw,etc.)• Games (Jeopardy, Hollywood Squares, Toss, ThePuzzler, Front Page Challenge, Spelling Baseball/Hockey, Pictionary, Cherades, Slap Happy)• Team-building energizers/Team Encouragers• Debates• Field Trips, Festivals, Fairs• Simulations• Storybook Theatre/Reader‟s Theatre/Roleplay/Skits/Drama• Service Learning• Songs/Rhymes/Raps• Projects• Visuals/Graphics/Mindmaps (Visual Learners)• Storytelling (Auditory Learners)• Hands on Learning (Tactile Learners)• So many others
  17. 17. Lunch: EXIT CARD3 Things I have learned so far today:• 1. ____________________________________________________• 2. ____________________________________________________• 3. ____________________________________________________2 Things I wish to try in my classroom:• 1. ____________________________________________________• 2. ____________________________________________________•1 Question you have about this topic:• 1. ____________________________________________________
  18. 18. The Engaged Learner…
  19. 19. 20 Instructional StrategiesGraphic OrganizersWriting and ReflectionBrainstormingField TripsMetaphors and SimilesVisualsMovementHumor and CelebrationMusic, Rhythm, Rhyme and RapCooperative LearningProblem Based LearningRole play/Drama/CharadesWork Study/Action ResearchTechnologyVisualizationGamesStorytellingManipulatives/ModelsMnemonic DevicesDrawing and Artwork
  20. 20. • Positive Interdependence• Face to Face Interaction• Individual Accountability• Interpersonal and smallgroup skills• Group processingCooperative Learning: key ingredients**from the research of D.W.Johnson and R. Johnson
  21. 21. The Team Wheel: Effective Teams(MacMillan, 2001)CommonPurposeCrystalClearRolesAcceptedLeadershipEffectiveProcessesSolidRelationshipsExcellentCommunication
  22. 22. For Your Consideration…• Be a TEAM of teacher learners. Form study groups where you examine and learnabout good teaching through reading, talking, observing, and settinggoals. Share your successes and struggles with each other, with us (email),and with other educators. (TEAMS: Together Everyone Achieves More Success)• Celebrate learning (academic skills, technical skills, leadership skills, teamworkskills, personal management skills) both with students and with staff• Let students know the objectives of the learning (write on board, make posters), andidentify the learning target (Essential Learning Outcomes). These should be alsoclearly visible in your lesson plan• Let students know the evaluation criteria for their work ahead of time and givethem opportunities to do their work over• Choose one new instructional strategy to learn during this year and do it well• Examine questioning strategies to increase engagement of ALL students.• Utilize other assessment approaches besides tests (e.g. exit tickets, projects,checklists, thumbs up/thumbs down, portfolios, highlighting errors, rewrites, writtencomments, stickers, etc.). Emphasize feedback and how to improve versus grades• Emphasize the importance of a literacy rich primary program (ECD, Class 1, 2 and 3)so that ALL students will be successful readers. These classes should be the smallestin the school. Build a literacy center full of reading books and manned by a volunteer,staff member or provide release time for a teacher. Build literacy into all subjects.
  23. 23. For Your Consideration…• Utilize Multiple Intelligence strategies to best meet the needs of ALL yourstudents; celebrate this diversity of classroom learners.• Assist the slow learners by putting them near the front of the class (close to theteacher), and with peers who will help them learn. Consider modifying your lessonfor them (e.g. do less questions). DO NOT single out their lack of achievement, butencourage ALL signs of learning progress. DO NOT label students based onachievement, but other names (Team Kenya, Team Kilamanjaro, Team Nairobi, etc.)• Maximize learning and teaching time. Re-examine the structure of yourlearning day as there are many breaks that can detract from teaching and learning.Have focused chunks of time (e.g. eliminate a few breaks and allow students to havewater bottles in the classroom, take attendance when kids are working, )• To engage students, utilize less “teacher talk”; use the 1/3 (teacher directed)+ 1/3 (teamwork directed) + 1/3 (independent student work) = one lesson• Consider looping where one teacher teaches the same group of children for 2years. Examine your timetable to reduce transitions/disruptions for students.• Empower the students to make choices and take advantage of the characterbuilding opportunities and responsibilities they have at school• Utilize Note-Making versus note-taking as this improves learning and thinking.Encourage students to “summarize” their notes• Practice/Review new concepts (5 minutes after, 5 hours later, and 5 days later)
  24. 24. For Your Consideration…• Utilize cooperative learning strategies to bring kids together to learn (thisis not the same as group work – examine the research)• As teachers, use break time to plan, mark, and engage in professionaldevelopment (e.g. share ideas). Anytime you are with students, you must befocused on TEACHING.• Encourage students to speak up and avoid repeating their answers; have themrepeat it and loud enough so all of the students can learn from each other. DONOT discourage students if they give wrong answers, and ask all students (eventhose whose hands are not raised)• Encourage “critical thinking” versus rote memorization and repetition; this isbest accomplished through learning activities that demonstrate learning (posters,speech, role-play, etc.)• Integrate Kenyan culture into their learning as much as possible so they canfeel proud of themselves. Think “themes” instead of “subjects” and create topicswhich integrate all of the core subjects (“Growing Gardens = Growing Children,The Career of Life, Our Big Beautiful Brains, etc.)• Decorate walls with pictures, color, student work, charts, maps, etc. (visuallystimulating)• Continue to show your joy for teaching which will encourage the students‟ joy forlearning. Learning that is fun will encourage students to learn for a lifetimeEnjoy the journeythat is teaching and learning!!!
  25. 25. The DreamImagine a school where you become a betterteacher just by being part of the teamImagine a school where you become a better learner just by beingpart of the teamImagine that you had the capacity to lead individual, and andsystem change
  26. 26. Great Teaching = Great Learning:Think WinWinWhat “WinWin” idea will you take with you today to help bettermeet the needs of your learners?When will you accomplish this?How will you accomplish this?How will you know if you were successful?Brent Galloway, Red Deer
  27. 27. Wise Words“The person who does the talking, does thelearning”The most powerful single influence onstudent achievement is feedback.”John Hattie“All young people in our society are at risk…Dr. Richard Brokenleg“It is easier to build strong children,than it is to repair broken men”Michelle Borba“People learn by what they do, notby what they are told”…Pat Wolfe“Are we training students to write tests for life,or are we training students for the tests of life”….Art Costa“ Learn by Doing “4H Motto“It takes a whole village to raise a child”….African proverb“Provide accurate, immediate andhonest feedback to your students – tellthem the truth in a loving way”Dr. Douglas Reeves“The brain holds onto information that is„relevant‟. Thus, when teaching newinformation, „hook‟ it onto prior learning andexperiences”…Marian Diamond
  28. 28. What is your dream for Male School?My dream is __________________________What is your plan?I Will________________________________
  29. 29. Continue tomake beautifulmusic togetherBest of luckThe Team from RDC