Let's Hear it for the Kids


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Let's Hear it for the Kids

  1. 1. “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 The Kids Why do kids misbehave? How can we give students a voice? SIDES: Strategic Instructional Design to Engage Students TEAMS: Together Everyone Achieves More Success
  2. 2. Compare and Contrast The Rowdy Classroom The Engaged Classroom
  3. 3. 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?
  4. 4. 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?
  5. 5. www.speakout.alberta.ca
  6. 6. 1st Things 1st 1. Alliterative Name Tags 2. Team Name/Team Cheer/Team Action 3. Team Building Activity #1: The Team Tower
  7. 7. Getting Down to Business The Four Big Questions
  8. 8. Getting Down to Business The Five Stages 1)Brainstorm 2)Share 3)Cluster 4)Name 5)Vote
  9. 9. Grade 6 Grade 5 Grade 4 Grade 3 Grades 1-6
  10. 10. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Why are these rated as less effective? Do we abandon these or just do them better?
  11. 11. Least Helpful 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
  12. 12. I look forward to going to school…… Grade 7 Grade 9 Grade 11 Grade 12
  13. 13. Very Often Often Sometimes Very Seldom Secondary Elementary
  14. 14. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Why are these rated as less effective? Do we abandon these or just do them better?
  15. 15. Least Helpful 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
  16. 16. 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 themselves 2. All schools studied student engagement as a professional development practice 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” What if…..
  17. 17. "The good teacher unconditionally accepts students as they are, and expects them to become all they can be". ***Holly Holland Students are part of the TEAMS in our schools TEAMS Together Everyone Achieves More Success 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?
  18. 18. The Freedom Writers The Freedom Writers Website:
  19. 19. Choices: Integrated Themes Student Government Peer Support Student Performances Clubs and Sports
  20. 20. “If we want to have engaged brains in the classroom, we have to have an interactive environment” … Spencer Kagan “Fairness is everyone getting what they need in school” …Martha Kaufeldt “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” ***Art Costa “The primary purpose of assessment is to inform teaching and learning ***Faye Brownlie “The more content is manipulated, the more likely it is understood and remembered." ***Janet Allen “’At risk’ students are those who leave school before or after graduation with little possibility of continuing learning” …Roland Barth The most powerful single influence on student achievement is feedback. ***John Hattie "The ability to creatively handle change will be the most sought after skill in the new millennium." ***Alvin Toffler “Teachers must make every effort to know the learners in order to meet their diverse needs” ***Gayle Gregory It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Whole Child
  21. 21. Architects of Change (as recorded by Monte Selby: www.monteselby.com 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 Repeat chorus: