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Using LIFE to Motivate and Engage the High School Learner


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Using LIFE to Motivate and Engage the High School Learner

  1. 1. Using L.I.F.E. to Engage and Motivate High School Learners Learn. Inspire. Fellowship. Excel.
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  3. 3. Food For Thought... 1) Read & think about the quote below share your thoughts 2) Turn to your shoulder buddy and “The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” Ken Robinson, International Advisor on Education
  4. 4. Phillips’ Vision & Mission Vision Mary E. Phillips will be the highest performing high school in Wake County. Mission Mary E. Phillips High School will significantly increase achievement for all students--regardless of background or societal factors--by developing a caring, respectful environment and creating a culture of excellence through a rigorous and relevant 21st century curriculum that fosters relationships and produces responsible global citizens.
  5. 5. Purpose • • • Discuss information on motivating and engaging students Show how intervention efforts can impact student motivation Provide an introduction to programs used to engage/motivate students
  6. 6. Phillips’ Focus: The Five R’s • • • • • Rigor: Engaging Curriculum and Instruction to develop college/career readiness Relationships: Strong Connection to Students Through School Culture and Climate Relevance: Real World Connection to Learning Respect: Mutual Foundations of Caring Responsibility: Taking Ownership of Learning, Living and Giving
  7. 7. What about L.I.F.E? • Academic Skills/Career Readiness Current Events Life Skills Teambuilding (Whole Group) Temperature Checks (Teacher & Students) • • • •
  8. 8. Seminar • Smart Lunch with a “twist” • Built-in Remediation/Enrichment period (rigor) • Reconnect with LIFE coach (relationship) • Achieve and Earn out (80 for 80) (responsibility)
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  10. 10. RtI - Responsiveness to Instruction • • Why RtI? A nationally recognized initiative
  11. 11. How does RtI support L.I.F.E.? Three Focus Areas: • Academics • Attendance • Behavior
  12. 12. RtI I Care Team Organizational Flow Chart
  13. 13. I Care Team Student Support Plan • • MEPHS Responsiveness to Instruction RtI Plan • Tier II Referral Form • Attendance Form • Alternative Learning Center (ALC) Referral Form • Progress Monitoring- Key Process- (PEP)
  14. 14. How We Engage/Motivate Students In- House Competitions • • • • • Principal’s L.I.F.E. Attendance Competition Best Costume (Halloween) Test 100% (goal of 95% for all testing) Intramural Basketball Faculty/Student Talent Show School-Wide Events • • • • • Celebrations • • • Field trips (Career and College) Guiness Book World Record/Pascal’s Triangle Recycling Program (2nd in Wake Co.) Fairs o Transition Exemplary Attendance Celebrations o Senior Honor Roll o Career Spirit Week Picture Day Student Organizations/Clubs • Inspirational Movies and Popcorn Food Drives,“Mix It Up Lunch”, Belt Drive, Prom • FreeStyle Pics (Friends & Twins) Academic Excellence • Honors classes
  15. 15. Behavior “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” - Maria Robinson ★ ★ ★ ★ Weekly check of Tier II Forms for Referrals Teacher/Student Conference-Temperature Check Learning Styles/Grit Scale/BESS universal screener Study Skills
  16. 16. Lessons Learned Do…... • Have a caring adult to connect with student (ex: Check-In - Check Out(CICO), Remind 101) • Start the school day on a positive note…..(advisor/advisee, LIFE, mentoring, etc.) • Have student-centered weekly PLT sessions • Have a structured “smart lunch “ program • Provide teachers with resources and support for implementing programs, ideas • Step out of the box to engage the learner - “ you cannot teach’em until you reach’em
  17. 17. “The Bottom Line” “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Teddy Roosevelt
  18. 18. Questions? Contact Us Kimberly Harrison Geraldine Webb-Harris Anna Chaney Assistant Principal Intervention/RtI Coordinator School Psychologist Kathy Zappia Social Worker Quiletta Dunston ALC Coordinator gwebb-