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  • 1. "The good teacher unconditionally accepts students as they are, and expects them to become all they can be". ***Holly Holland Students are part of the TEAMS in our schools TEAMS Together Everyone Achieves More Success 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?
  • 2. How will you give your students a voice?
  • 3. Turn and Talk for 2 • What ideas do you have to build a community in your classroom? • What ideas have you seen used in other classrooms? • How will you give your students a voice in the learning community? Other Ideas:
  • 4. The Freedom Writers The Freedom Writers Website:
  • 5. Choices: Integrated Themes Student Government Peer Support Student Performances Clubs and Sports
  • 6. “If we want to have engaged brains in the classroom, we have to have an interactive environment” … Spencer Kagan “Fairness is everyone getting what they need in school” …Martha Kaufeldt “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” ***Art Costa “The primary purpose of assessment is to inform teaching and learning ***Faye Brownlie “The more content is manipulated, the more likely it is understood and remembered." ***Janet Allen “’At risk’ students are those who leave school before or after graduation with little possibility of continuing learning” …Roland Barth The most powerful single influence on student achievement is feedback. ***John Hattie "The ability to creatively handle change will be the most sought after skill in the new millennium." ***Alvin Toffler “Teachers must make every effort to know the learners in order to meet their diverse needs” ***Gayle Gregory It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Whole Child
  • 7. I Will Believe (as recorded by Monte Selby: www.monteselby.com 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. Repeat Chorus: 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. Repeat Chorus: