“Change will not come if we wait for some other person
or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting
for. We are the change that we seek.”
…President Barack Obama, 21st Century Skills
Topic 3: Let’s
Hear it for
Why do kids misbehave?
How can we give students
SIDES: Strategic Instructional Design to Engage Students
TEAMS: Together Everyone Achieves More Success
Compare and Contrast
The Rowdy Classroom
Intervention Required Immediately:
How many inappropriate behaviors?
Why are these kids misbehaving?
What is the learning task?
What instructional strategies do you see being used?
What would you do? (if you were the sub the next day)
How will you give these students a voice?
The Engaged Classroom
What are the students doing?
What is the teacher doing?
How have these students been given a voice?
Where would you rather teach?
Where would you rather learn?
It’s easy to ask the questions……
It’s how we respond to this data in making
instructional design decisions
1. All schools held a Speak Out run by the students
2. All schools studied student engagement as a professional
3. All schools were required to provide an action plan in
response to this data
(part of the annual school improvement plan)
4. All students (and teachers) were learners for life
5. All students were engaged and excited to learn
“We’ve only just begun......to learn”
"The good teacher unconditionally accepts students as they
are, and expects them to become all they can be".
Students are part of the TEAMS
in our schools
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?
The Freedom Writers
The Freedom Writers Website:
Clubs and Sports
“If we want to have engaged brains in
the classroom, we have to have an
interactive environment” …
“Fairness is everyone getting
what they need in school”
“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”
“The primary purpose of assessment is to
inform teaching and learning
“The more content is manipulated, the more
likely it is understood and remembered."
“’At risk’ students are those who leave
school before or after graduation with
little possibility of continuing learning”
The most powerful single influence
on student achievement is feedback.
"The ability to creatively handle
change will be the most sought after
skill in the new millennium."
“Teachers must make every effort to
know the learners in order to meet
their diverse needs”
It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Whole Child
Architects of Change
(as recorded by Monte Selby:
For all the right reasons come take a little time
Share your commitment with thousands who find
That together we learn, we support and we dream
We design and we plan and more children succeed
Chorus: In our hearts; a mission to embrace
We can look down the road to a future
Draw a blueprint that guides us today
Join the vision of leaders becoming
The Architects of Change
For all the right reasons bring colleagues and friends
Overwhelmed by the worries, the issues, the trends
We’re all looking for answers for our cities and towns
To lay strong foundations, let’s start building now