"The good teacher unconditionally accepts students as they
are, and expects them to become all they can be".
Students are part of the TEAMS
in our schools
How do we involve students in helping us to
manage the learning environment?
How do we build a community of learning?
How do we give our students a voice?
Turn and Talk for 2
• What ideas do you have to build a
community in your classroom?
• What ideas have you seen used in
• How will you give your students a
voice in the learning community?
The Freedom Writers
The Freedom Writers Website:
Clubs and Sports
“If we want to have engaged brains in
the classroom, we have to have an
interactive environment” …
“Fairness is everyone getting
what they need in school”
“Artful teaching is a love triangle
between the students, the teacher,
and the content
***Carol Ann Tomlinson
“Are we training kids to write tests for
life, or are we training kids for the
tests of life”
“The primary purpose of assessment is to
inform teaching and learning
“The more content is manipulated, the more
likely it is understood and remembered."
“’At risk’ students are those who leave
school before or after graduation with
little possibility of continuing learning”
The most powerful single influence
on student achievement is feedback.
"The ability to creatively handle
change will be the most sought after
skill in the new millennium."
“Teachers must make every effort to
know the learners in order to meet
their diverse needs”
It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Whole Child
I Will Believe
(as recorded by Monte Selby:
Chorus: I will believe, every child I teach is a flame of hope,
burning brilliantly. A strong heart and mind, seeking out my hand,
It’s within my reach. This I believe.
In the middle of each town, in the heart of every school
Behind a desk in a classroom, is a single child for whom
This moment is the difference, where the road is mapped and planned
As childhood waves goodbye, not yet a woman or a man.
I am here by choice, right where I want to be
The challenge is great, to inspire and lead
But how proudly they achieve. How profoundly they understand.
How their laughing spirit soars, and I promise again.