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Topic 9: Build it and They Will Learn

  1. 1. Topic #9: Build it and they will learn How will you design an environment so that learning takes place? Let’s Review
  2. 2. Don‟t Laugh at Me “The first stage of curriculum development, is creating a curriculum of care” …Harold Brathwaite
  3. 3. Design an environment that supports character education Review: TeRRiFiCC
  4. 4. Design an anti-bullying environment What can you do? What can your students do?
  5. 5. WHY?
  6. 6. Who or What is to Blame? Go to And join the conversation
  7. 7. 10 Warning Signs: 1. Lack of Interest in School. Self isolation from family and/or friends. 2. Seeing self as always the victim. 3. Persistent disregard for rules. 4. Cruelty to pets or other animals. 5. Artwork or writing that is bleak, violent or that depicts isolation or anger. 6. Talking constantly about weapons or violence. Talk about bringing weapons to school. Bringing a weapon to school. 7. Obsession with violent games/television 8. Depression or mood swings. Misplaced or unwarranted jealousy. 9. History of bullying. 10. Involvement/interest in gangs.
  8. 8. 10 Things a Teacher Can Do 1. 2. Learn about bullying and violence Democratic classroom. Zero tolerance for name-calling, put-downs and taunting. 3. Know the warning signs. 4. Anti-violence student activities. 5. Have a school emergency plan. 6. Firm, fair and consistent school rules. 7. Report to principal ALL violent incidences (physical and verbal) 8. Teach conflict resolution/anger management skills. 9. Incorporate prevention of violence into your lessons. 10. Encourage students to report suspicious activities/ behavior. Bullying is a “Learned Behavior”, which means it can be “unlearned”
  9. 9. 10 Things Students Can Do 1. No weapons at school. 2. Report crimes to authorities. 3. Report suspicious or worrisome behavior. 4. Learn how to manage anger. 5. Settle disputes peaceably. 6. Teen advisory council. 7. Be a peer counselor. 8. Mentor new students 9. Participate in a watch patrol. 10. Have a school peace pledge/rally Remember: A Misbehaving Child is a Discouraged Child
  10. 10. Design an environment where both YOU and YOUR students are emotionally and physcially healthy Review: Brain Foods
  11. 11. The Top 10 Best Brain Foods Top 10 Brain Foods: Blueberries (tapping on head) Nuts nuts nuts (tapping on shoulders) Fish (for the flesh) Brocolli (in the belly) Yogurt (for the waist) Banana banana banana (rotating hips) Olive oil (on your thighs) Brown Bread (tapping the knees) Spinach on the shin Squishy tomatoes (with our feet)
  12. 12. Work Hard Play Harder! ATTITUDE is 100%
  13. 13. Design an environment that meets the needs of young adolescents Review: Myth or Reality
  14. 14. Design an environment that honors how the brain learns best Review: The Brain....
  15. 15. Design an environment centered on the best ways to learn Review: The Learning Pyramid
  16. 16. Design an environment where students have voice and choice Review: Cracking the Code
  17. 17. Design an environment where learning is engaging Review: Acronyms
  18. 18. 20 Instructional Strategies To Engage the Learner Graphic Organizers Problem Based Learning Writing and Reflection Role play/Drama/Charades Brainstorming Summarizing and Notemaking Field Trips Technology Debates Visualization Visuals Games Movement Storytelling Humor and Celebration Manipulatives/Models Music, Rhythm, Rhyme & Rap Mnemonic Devices/Acronyms Cooperative Learning Drawing and Artwork By Marcia Tate
  19. 19. • CALM • Consider, Act, Lessen, Manage • SIDES • Strategic instructional design to engage students • Together Achieves More Success • TEAMS • WinWin • TeRRiFiCC • BRAIN • Working interactively, winning independently • Trust, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship • BRAIN: Building safe environments, Recognizing and honoring diversity, Assessment, Instructional strategies, Numerous curriculum approaches • CASE • CASE: Copy & Steal Everything
  20. 20. Design an environment where RELATIONSHIPS are key to learning Review:Classroom Management Role Plays
  21. 21. “Kids don‟t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” Charles Sposato
  22. 22. The Rest of the Story: One more trip to the Galloway Vault • Forgiveness: Aboriginal Culture (The Talking Circle, The Healing Center, Sweatlodge) • Revisit: Itinerant Case • Revisit: Classroom Management Role-plays • Housekeeping: -Hand in Course Participation/Hand back blogs -Hand out: Take home “synthesis paper” -Review: 40 Generic Principles of Classroom Management/Classroom Management Resources (Google Site /Shelfari Book Reviews)/Classroom Management Mantras/Course Learning Outcomes -Final Exam (Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.), Room 2301 • Brent‟s Best Practices: 3 Best “In Class” Practices/3 Best “Whole School” Practices • The Final Word: Believe in yourself and your power to teach/Jordan • Seeing: Dalton Sherman “Do you believe in me?” • Wise Words
  23. 23. Make a choice • #1. I was hired to teach, not to make kids behave • #2. You can be friendly with kids, but you can‟t be friends • #3. Minimize student misbehavior by maximizing student learning • #4. Manage your class, don‟t discipline it • #5. Don‟t let them see you smile until Christmas • #6. Catch „em being good
  24. 24. Build it and they will learn “If we want to have engaged brains in the classroom, we have to have an interactive environment” … Spencer Kagan “We have school-induced ADHD because schools aren‟t brain compatible with the brains of today‟s children” …Dr. David Sousa “Artful teaching is a love triangle between the students, the teacher, and the content …Carol Ann Tomlinson “Fairness is everyone getting what they need in school” …Martha Kaufeldt There are no „bad‟ kids, just kids with „bad‟ problems” …Harold Brathwaite “All kids in our society are at risk …Dr. Martin Brokenleg “What is best for the best should be best for the rest” …Dr. Roger Taylor “Kids learn by what they do, not by what they are told” …Pat Wolfe “‟At risk‟ students are those who leave school before or after graduation with little possibility of continuing learning” …Roland Barth “Are we training kids to write tests for life, or are we training kids for the tests of life” ….Art Costa