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  • 1. WILDWOOD SCHOOLHabits of Mind and Heart Workshop
  • 2. Timothy James Sekula•  11 years teaching experience•  6th year at Wildwood School / 5 years at Federal Hocking High School•  Senior Institute Division Coordinator•  Science Department Chair•  Outreach Work•  tsekula@wildwood.org
  • 3. Our Agenda•  Introduction and Wildwood History•  Qualities of a Graduate•  When parents dream…•  Habits of Mind and Heart (Focus on Habits of Heart)•  How might this look in my classroom/school/environment?•  Classroom Implications – What are you doing now?Where are there opportunities for more? Q&A
  • 4. A little bit about Wildwood School•  Elementary – 1971•  An elementary school curriculum that is experiential, academicallychallenging, project-based, and that honors the many ways inwhich children learn
  • 5. A little bit about Wildwood School•  Elementary – 1971•  An elementary school curriculum that is experiential, academicallychallenging, project-based, and that honors the many ways inwhich children learn•  Middle/Upper School – 2000•  The middle and upper school program maintains Wildwoodslearner-centered curriculum and incorporates a dynamic collegepreparatory program. The upper school curriculum provides theknowledge and skills students need for college success, whilesmall class sizes ensure personal attention and allow students tobuild meaningful relationships with teachers and peers
  • 6. A little bit about Wildwood School•  Coalition of Essential Schools•  Ten Common Principles•  Learning to use one’s mind well•  Less is more; depth over coverage•  Goals apply to all students•  Personalization•  Student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach•  Demonstration of mastery•  A tone of decency and trust•  Commitment to the entire school•  Resources dedicated to teaching and learning•  Democracy and equity
  • 7. Philosophy•  “Good schools focus on habits, on what sorts ofintellectual activities will and should inform their graduateslives.” -Ted Sizer, education reform advocate•  “The essence of “Habit” is an acquired predisposition toways or modes of response…Simply, a person exercisestheir habits by being sensitive to a range of issues andpredisposed to think and to act in the full light of thatsensitivity.” -John Dewey
  • 8. Qualities of a Graduate…•  What qualities or characteristics would you expect in agraduate of your school?
  • 9. “When parents dream…”•  “Our graduates will exhibit these life-skills…”•  “Our graduates will have self-esteem and…”•  “Our graduates will experience…”•  “Our graduates will possess knowledge and skills that willenable them to…”•  “Our graduates will be global citizens. They will be…”•  “Our graduates will have options and opportunities to…”•  “Our graduates will experience a school culture where…”•  “Our graduates will be life-long learners who…”
  • 10. Wildwood Elementary “Life Skills”•  Integrity•  Common Sense•  Courage•  Patience•  Curiosity•  Sense of Humor•  Responsibility•  Flexibility•  Effort•  Problem-Solving•  Perseverance•  Organizing•  Interpersonal Skills•  Initiative
  • 11. The Habits of Mind and Heart•  Habit of Convention•  Habit of Perspective•  Habit of Evidence•  Habit of Connection•  Habit of Collaboration•  Habit of Service to the Common Good•  Habit of Ethical Behavior
  • 12. The Habits of Mind•  Habit of Convention•  Habit of Perspective•  Habit of Evidence•  Habit of Connection
  • 13. The Habit of Convention•  Meeting accepted standards in any academic area inorder to be understood and to understand others
  • 14. The Habit of Evidence•  Bringing together relevant information, judging thecredibility of sources, finding out for ones self
  • 15. The Habit of Perspective•  Addressing questions from multiple viewpoints andusing a variety of ways to solve problems
  • 16. The Habit of Connection•  Looking for patterns and for ways in which thingsfit together in order to bring together diverse material andform solutions
  • 17. The Habits of Heart•  Collaboration•  Service to the Common Good•  Ethical Behavior
  • 18. The Habit of Collaboration•  Making appropriate provisions for accepting and givingassistance
  • 19. The Habit of Service to the Common Good•  Demonstrating an awareness of the effects of onesactions upon others and a desire to make the communitya better place for all
  • 20. The Habit of Ethical Behavior•  Demonstrating how personal values influence behaviorand a set of principles by which to guide ones life
  • 21. Assessment Format•  Rubric and Narrative based assessments•  Mid-Year and Year-End Narratives
  • 22. How students are assessed…•  Exceeds the Standards•  Meeting the Standards•  Approaching the Standards•  Does not meet the Standards
  • 23. Student Name:Division/Grade:Teacher: Tim SekulaDate:Habit of Convention: Meeting acceptedstandards in any academic area in order tobeunderstoodand to understand othersE M A D Skills and Content....-Habit of Evidence: Bringing together relevant information, judging the credibility ofsources,finding out for ones selfE M A D Skills and Content....-Habit of Perspective: Addressingquestionsfrom multiple viewpoints and usinga variety ofwaysto solve problemsE M A D Skills and Content....Wildwood SchoolAdvisoryHabits of Mind and HeartWildwood School, 11811 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 Phone: (310) 478-7189- 1 --Habit of Connection: Looking for patternsandfor ways in which things fittogether inorder tobring together diversematerial and formsolutionsE M A D Skills and Content....-Habit of Service to the Common Good: Demonstrating an awareness of the effectsofonesactions upon others and a desire tomakethe community a better place for allE M A D Skills and Content....-Habit of Collaboration: Makingappropriateprovisions for accepting andgiving assistanceE M A D Skills and Content....-Habit of Ethical Behavior: Demonstratinghowpersonal values influence behavior andaset ofprinciples by which to guide ones lifeE M A D Skills and Content....-
  • 24. Student Name:Division/Grade:Teacher: Tim SekulaDate:Habit of Convention: Meeting acceptedstandards in any academic area in order tobeunderstoodand to understand othersE M A D Skills and ContentStudent successfully demonstrates ability to recognize lab equipmentand is able to utilize it in a proper manner (1st Semester Lab Skills)Student follows the prescribed procedure set forth for each individualexperiment - ALL steps are carefully followed (1st Semester Lab Skills)Student attends ALL laboratory periods or makes a valid attempt tocomplete missed experiments in a timely fashion (1st Semester LabSkills)-Habit of Evidence: Bringing together relevant information, judging the credibility ofsources,finding out for ones selfE M A D Skills and ContentStudent answers 90% of the questions correctly on all LaboratoryPracticals (1st Semester Lab Skills)Student gathers data for each experiment that is able to be interpretedoutside of the laboratory setting (1st Semester Lab Skills)Student brings Research and Reflection Notebook to ALL laboratoryperiods and utilizes it to record experimental observations/data (1stSemester Lab Skills)Wildwood SchoolChemistryLab Skills RubricWildwood School, 11811 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 Phone: (310) 478-7189- 1 --Habit of Perspective: Addressingquestionsfrom multiple viewpoints and usinga variety ofwaysto solve problemsE M A D Skills and ContentThe student recognizes the need for collecting reliable data whencreating conclusions and makes a conscious effort to perform preciseand accurate trials for each experiment. (1st Semester Lab Skills)The student demonstrates a grasp of the Scientific Method and thegoals of scientific inquiry as demonstrated through proper laboratoryprocedure (1st Semester Lab Skills)Student is able to discuss and answer questions about experimentsbeing performed in the laboratory (1st Semester Lab Skills)-Habit of Connection: Looking for patternsandfor ways in which things fittogether inorder tobring together diversematerial and formsolutionsE M A D Skills and ContentStudent Completes ALL Post-Laboratory assignments and submits onthe accepted due dates (1st Semester Lab Skills)Student brings all collected data sets to class for analysis (1st SemesterLab Skills)Student Completes ALL Pre-Laboratory assignments and submits onthe accepted due dates (1st Semester Lab Skills)-Habit of Service to the Common Good: Demonstrating an awareness of the effectsofonesactions upon others and a desire tomakethe community a better place for allE M A D Skills and ContentParticipates in class activities and discussionsIs prepared and ready to work at the scheduled start of classDemonstrates active listening and avoids side conversationWorks in a manner that helps maintain the learning and workingatmosphere in the classroomCompletes all assignments on time in order to engage in classObserves and recognizes ALL safety measures required for the course(1st Semester Lab Skills)Works with lab partner in a safe and efficient manner (1st Semester LabSkills)Wildwood School, 11811 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 Phone: (310) 478-7189- 2 -
  • 25. -Habit of Collaboration: Makingappropriateprovisions for accepting andgiving assistanceE M A D Skills and ContentIncorporates teacher/peer feedbackAppropriately seeks help from teacher and classmatesDemonstrates effective communication and listening skillsBalances teamwork and independenceLaboratory assignments, jobs and work are equally distributed amongstmembers of the group (1st Semester Lab Skills)-Habit of Ethical Behavior: Demonstratinghowpersonal values influence behavior andaset ofprinciples by which to guide ones lifeE M A D Skills and ContentCompletes and submits all work on timeDemonstrates academic integrityRespects oneself, classmates, teachers, curricula, community andenvironmentReturns borrowed items on time (technology, library, lab classroom orstudioMaintains laboratory equipment (1st Semester Lab Skills)-
  • 26. Student Name: Jake JashniDivision/Grade: Senior Institute/Grade 11Teacher: Tim SekulaDate: 12-20-2011Absent Count: 0Tardy Count: 0Habit of Convention:E M A D Skills and ContentX Student successfully demonstrates ability to recognize lab equipmentand is able to utilize it in a proper manner (1st Semester Lab Skills)X Student follows the prescribed procedure set forth for each individualexperiment - ALL steps are carefully followed (1st Semester Lab Skills)X Student attends ALL laboratory periods or makes a valid attempt tocomplete missed experiments in a timely fashion (1st Semester LabSkills)Jake Jashni is meeting standards for the Habit of Convention.-Habit of Evidence:E M A D Skills and ContentX Student answers 90% of the questions correctly on all LaboratoryPracticals (1st Semester Lab Skills)X Student gathers data for each experiment that is able to beinterpreted outside of the laboratory setting (1st Semester Lab Skills)X Student brings Research and Reflection Notebook to ALL laboratoryperiods and utilizes it to record experimental observations/data (1stSemester Lab Skills)Jake Jashni is meeting standards for the Habit of Evidence.Wildwood Upper SchoolChemistryLab Skills RubricWildwood School, 11811 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 Phone: (310) 478-7189-Habit of Perspective:E M A D Skills and ContentX The student recognizes the need for collecting reliable data whencreating conclusions and makes a conscious effort to perform preciseand accurate trials for each experiment. (1st Semester Lab Skills)X The student demonstrates a grasp of the Scientific Method and thegoals of scientific inquiry as demonstrated through proper laboratoryprocedure (1st Semester Lab Skills)X Student is able to discuss and answer questions about experimentsbeing performed in the laboratory (1st Semester Lab Skills)Jake Jashni is meeting standards for the Habit of Perspective.-Habit of Connection:E M A D Skills and ContentX Student Completes ALL Post-Laboratory assignments and submits onthe accepted due dates (1st Semester Lab Skills)X Student brings all collected data sets to class for analysis (1stSemester Lab Skills)X Student Completes ALL Pre-Laboratory assignments and submits onthe accepted due dates (1st Semester Lab Skills)Jake Jashni is approaching standards for the Habit of Connection.-Habit of Service to the Common Good:E M A D Skills and ContentX Participates in class activities and discussionsX Is prepared and ready to work at the scheduled start of classX Demonstrates active listening and avoids side conversationX Works in a manner that helps maintain the learning and workingatmosphere in the classroomX Completes all assignments on time in order to engage in classX Observes and recognizes ALL safety measures required for thecourse (1st Semester Lab Skills)X Works with lab partner in a safe and efficient manner (1st SemesterLab Skills)Jake Jashni is approaching standards for the Habit of Service to the Common Good.Wildwood School, 11811 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 Phone: (310) 478-7189- 2 -
  • 27. -Habit of Collaboration:E M A D Skills and ContentX Incorporates teacher/peer feedbackX Appropriately seeks help from teacher and classmatesX Demonstrates effective communication and listening skillsX Balances teamwork and independenceX Laboratory assignments, jobs and work are equally distributedamongst members of the group (1st Semester Lab Skills)Jake Jashni is approaching standards for the Habit of Collaboration.-Habit of Ethical Behavior:E M A D Skills and ContentX Completes and submits all work on timeX Demonstrates academic integrityX Respects oneself, classmates, teachers, curricula, community andenvironmentX Returns borrowed items on time (technology, library, lab classroomor studioX Maintains laboratory equipment (1st Semester Lab Skills)Jake Jashni is approaching standards for the Habit of Ethical Behavior.-Comments
  • 28. How does this all translate?•  7 Habits of Mind and Heart•  Meeting Standards = 3 points•  Approaching Standards = 2 points•  Not Meeting Standards = 0 points•  21 Possible Points•  21 = A•  20 = A-•  19 = B+•  18 = B•  17 = B-…etc…•  The previous student went from Meeting Standards to ApproachingStandards (A- to B-)
  • 29. Habit of Heart Skills…•  Participates in class activities and discussions•  Is prepared and ready to work at the scheduled start of class•  Demonstrates active listening and avoids side conversation•  Works in a manner that helps maintain the learning and workingatmosphere in the classroom•  Completes all assignments on time in order to engage in class•  Observes and recognizes ALL safety measures required for thecourse•  Works with lab partner in a safe and efficient manner
  • 30. Habit of Heart Skills…•  Incorporates teacher/peer feedback•  Appropriately seeks help from teacher and classmates•  Demonstrates effective communication and listening skills•  Balances teamwork and independence•  Demonstrates academic integrity•  Respects oneself, classmates, teachers, curricula, community andenvironment•  Returns borrowed items on time (technology, library, lab classroom orstudio
  • 31. Habits of Heart…Innovation Creativity Integrity Empathy CuriosityInitiative CommunicationLife LongLearningCourage RespectPersonalResponsibilityEffortProblemSolvingSense ofHumorMotivationCaring Patience Independence Community EquityOrganization Self Advocacy Compassion Resiliency ?
  • 32. Habits of Heart Activity…•  What might this look like at your school?•  What might this look like for a particular assignment/unit?•  How might you assess your teachers/employee’s using thissystem?•  What “Habits” would you utilize?•  What skills would you utilize?
  • 33. Share-Out•  What did you discover…?
  • 34. Classroom Implications•  What are you doing now?•  Where are there opportunities for more?