Getting To WOW!


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Getting To WOW!

  1. 1. achieve inspire teach dream Getting to WOW! connect April 20, 2009
  2. 2. AGENDA Welcome and Introductions I. Objectives II. WOW! Review III. Event Planning IV. Preparation V. Resources VI. Getting to WOW! 1 April 20, 2009
  3. 3. Getting to WOW! OBJECTIVES Getting to WOW! 2 April 20, 2009
  4. 4. GETTING TO WOW! Today we will answer your questions:  What exactly is a WOW!?  What are the different forms of a WOW!?  How do I prepare my kids for WOW!?  So many details, so little time! How will I get it all done?  Where should I concentrate my efforts?  Where can I find resources if I need help? Getting to WOW! 3 April 20, 2009
  5. 5. What’s a WOW! again? WOW! REVIEW Getting to WOW! 4 April 20, 2009
  6. 6. WE ARE A NATION OF WOW!S Since 1995 Citizen Schools has:  Engaged over 20,000 apprentices in 7 states  Who have learned from and with over 10,000  Volunteer Citizen Teachers  In over 5,000 apprenticeships. All of these apprenticeships have culminated with a WOW! Getting to WOW! 5 April 20, 2009
  7. 7. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE A WOW is a very special The audience says: moment of magic. A shy bi-lingual 6th grader takes  center stage in a court room during a mock trial apprenticeship. “WOW! We didn’t know A dance troupe takes center stage  with elegance and precision as middle school they move as one to the rhythm of students could the music, 100% poetry in motion. do this!” A struggling math student  proudly demonstrates how interest is calculated in a savings account. Future geoscientists start their  engines at the solar car races . Getting to WOW! 6 April 20, 2009
  8. 8. SHARE YOUR WOW! 1. Experience WOW!s online. 2. Decide which projects should get a Gold Star! 3. Show kids their work can make an impact outside their classrooms. Getting to WOW! 7 April 20, 2009
  9. 9. WOW! STAMP OF APPROVAL Product Performance Presentation WOW! Getting to WOW! 8 April 20, 2009
  10. 10. WOW! STAMP OF APPROVAL PRODUCT – PERFORMANCE - PRESENTATION  Demonstrate Mastery  Community Value  Professional Quality  Authentic Audience Getting to WOW! 9 April 20, 2009
  11. 11. AUTHENTIC AUDIENCE Apprentices need the opportunity to share their new skills with a group or specific client for who these skills are particularly relevant and can provide feedback. Getting to WOW! 10 April 20, 2009
  12. 12. AUTHENTIC AUDIENCE • In Courtroom with real Mock Trial judge & attorneys serving as jurors • Helps to assemble bikes with Bike Repair Elves & More who distribute over 40,000 bikes to children Minute • Food & nutrition Lunch & Learn at their HQ where apprentices critique & analyze Maid F.A.N. food choices selected by employees. Club Getting to WOW! 11 April 20, 2009
  13. 13. WOW! FORMATS What if you are a part of a Example: 3D Sketch Up larger WOW! Showcase? Design  Student demonstrates on  Students can still demonstrate mastery computer projected on a large screen how the 3D  Students can still interact with tech program works the audience as opposed to talking at the audience.  Student takes a request from the audience and  Families and school communities can be authentic completes a design. audiences  Student prints copy of the design and gives to audience member Getting to WOW! 12 April 20, 2009
  14. 14. Getting students to WOW! PREPARATION Getting to WOW! 13 April 20, 2009
  15. 15. FOCUS ON STUDENT LEARNING Things to consider to leverage student learning:  What is it that our students have learned and mastered?  How can we showcase this learning at the WOW!?  Will all students showcase everything they’ve learned, or will there be differentiated roles?  Aside from watching, is there anything that our audience can DO to participate in our WOW! (note: people learn from learning)  How can we position our students to teach what they’ve learned to the audience? Getting to WOW! 14 April 20, 2009
  16. 16. COMMON PITFALLS  The WOW! doesn’t match what students actually did in the apprenticeship (ex: song-writing apprenticeship = publication NOT performance).  Students don’t have enough time to practice.  Little positive peer pressure from students to take their WOW! seriously.  Students spend majority of time in logistics vs. design (ex: journalism WOW! spent editing, visioning & directing) Getting to WOW! 15 April 20, 2009
  17. 17. STUDENT LEARNING TIPS  Focus on the skill your students have mastered.  If your students haven’t mastered everything you’d originally planned, REVISE your plan to showcase what they did learn.  Create mini-groups or a WOW! practice buddy a couple of weeks before the WOW! Getting to WOW! 16 April 20, 2009
  18. 18. SCAFFOLD & FADE “CRUTCHES” How to prepare students to speak in front of an audience (ideally without notes) 1. Students write their own notes with coaching, during class (so the wording is natural for them). 2. Teacher types notes in large font, double spaced, for students to take home and memorize. 3. Teacher transfers notes to key words on notecards 4. WOW! students speak without notecards Getting to WOW! 17 April 20, 2009
  19. 19. A community celebration EVENT PLANNING Getting to WOW! 18 April 20, 2009
  20. 20. EVENT PLANNING What will be taken care of? What will you provide?  Invitations  Vision  Venue Reservations  Authentic audience  Programs  Format  Transportation  Personal guest list  Food  Practice  Decorations  Practice  Media  Practice  Visuals Getting to WOW! 19 April 20, 2009
  21. 21. WOW!S ARE A TIME TO CELEBRATE!  Share your success  Invite colleagues & friends  Encourage others to share  Build a cohort of Citizen educators Getting to WOW! 20 April 20, 2009
  22. 22. 10 Days of WOW! RESOURCES Getting to WOW! 21 April 20, 2009
  23. 23. Citizen Teacher Nation 10 Days of WOW!  CT Nation is our online April 20th – May 1st visit CT community designed to Nation for… make your experience  WOW! blog posts easier.  WOW! handouts  Connect with staff & other  Daily tips Citizen Teachers  Training documents  Cool WOW! of the Day Getting to WOW! 22 April 20, 2009
  24. 24. MORE RESOURCES Getting to WOW! 23 April 20, 2009