Top 21st Century EducatorsTwelve habits of@coolcatteacher www.flatclassroombook.com
ITEMIZED BILLBrian Tracy,Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life,Double Your Production and Achieve All Your Goals, p 8For placing “x” on gauge $ 1.00For knowing which gaugeto place the “x” on $9,999.00
Facts for your futureCaucasian white people will be the minority in the US by 2042.Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, December 20093210 11 104034 30 2819171712810 12919 21 237 10 11 100%20%40%60%80%100%There Is Growing Demand For An Increasingly Educated WorkforceWorkforce job requirements, by education level1973 1992 2007 2018GraduatedegreeSomecollegeHSdiplomaHSdropoutsAssociate’sdegreeBachelor’sdegree
Memorizing and not going tocollege will not createsuccess!
Why do we even care abouthaving a21st Century Classroom?
The FACTS of 21st century life.Successful people will have towork with and market toChina, India, and beyond.
I believe in myself, mystudents, and myschool.Write thisDown!Habit #1
“Santa’s Motto” in mychildhood home“If youbelieveyoureceive.”
Study of Expectations• 20% of students in the student were said tohave “unusual potential for intellectualgrowth”• Three teachers selected were told they wereselected because they were the best in theschoolRosenthal, R., and Jacobson, L. (1968). Pygmalion in the classroom: Teacherexpectation and pupils intellectual development. New York: Rinehart andWinston.
At the end of the school year• Led the school and district in standardized testscores• Jumped 20-30% in academic achievementover previous year.Rosenthal, R., and Jacobson, L. (1968). Pygmalion in theclassroom: Teacher expectation and pupils intellectualdevelopment. New York: Rinehart and Winston.
Guess what?• The selections were RANDOM.– Students were a mix of good/bad/ medium.– So were teachers!Rosenthal, R., and Jacobson, L. (1968). Pygmalion in the classroom: Teacherexpectation and pupils intellectual development. New York: Rinehart andWinston.
You Believe, You Receive!“In experiment after experiment, it has beendemonstrated that when teachers EXPECT theirstudents to perform well, the students workhard and live up to their teacher’s expectations.”Brian Tracy, Maximum Achievement
They are part of this• Best Wiki in Education 2006, 2008• ISTE Online Learning Award 2007• TIG Best Online Project 2006• WISE Shortlist Finalist, Pluralism• Open Sim Pioneers 2009• Finalist Best Wiki 2010• Digital Youth – Edutopia Winner• Wall Street Journal, WIRED, BostonGlobe, Edutopia
Our technology when westarted• First Flat Classroom® Project used 6 year oldcomputers.• New Computer Lab July 2007– 20 computers– 7 in library• Wireless
The most important “A”in your classroomAtt-I-tude
TransmittersTransformersDale Carnegie,How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Transformers“Turn the negativity intosomething positive.”
“The budget cutshave becomeopportunisticbecause we arehaving to thinkoutside thebox.”JodyKennedy, TeacherWhite Plains MiddleSchool New York
Audience is Important• “Technology creates opportunities forstudents to do meaningful work that has valueoutside school, receive feedback on theirwork, and experience the rewards ofpublication or exhibition.”Peck & Dorricott, 1994http://caret.iste.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=evidence&answerID=9&words=audience
TEAMS“Working withpeople across theworld has challengedme.”“The majority of my partnerswanted to contributesomethingmeaningful to theproject.”Horizon Project Studentshttp://horizonproject.wikispaces.com
“My classroom evolves and connectswith multiple audiences, peers, andculturesusing both synchronous andasynchronous communicationsmethods.”Write thisDown!Habit #2
“Institutional leaders will needto seek out ‘reverse mentors’among (often younger)individuals who can help themunderstand and master edgepractices.”John Seely Brown et al,The Power of Pull, Kindle loc. 495
“In my classroom,students are involved inthe evolution oftechnology integration.”Write thisDown!Habit #3
“If they help build it, theyare already THERE.”Build a participatory culture
“Flatten piloting andimplementation of newtechnology.”Admin Teachers IT Students
“ Rather than dealingwith each technology in isolation, wewould do better to take an ecologicalapproach, thinking about theinterrelationships among differentcommunication technologies, theculture communities… the activitiesthey support.”Confronting the Challenges of ParticipatoryCulture, McArthur Report
Think of onething you learnedfrom yourstudents lastyear!
I promote change byinfluencingBEHAVIOR…Write thisDown!Habit #4
“We are better atcoping than exertinginfluence.”Kerry Patterson et al,Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, p 8
Serendipity• Being in the rightplace at the righttime!• You can create anenvironment thatbrings learning toyou!
Media Diet“A bit literate approach involves creating andmaintaining a media diet, a constantlypruned set of publications (digital, print,and other media) that keeps us informedabout what matters most to us,professionally and personally.”Mark Hurst, Bit Literacy, Loc 781