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  1. 1. Focus On Success <ul><li>Teaching Time-Management, </li></ul><ul><li>Goal-Setting and </li></ul><ul><li>Study Skills </li></ul><ul><li>to 7 th and 8 th Grade Students </li></ul><ul><li>Ted Henderson </li></ul><ul><li>LEAP Symposium Project </li></ul><ul><li>June 2011 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ In the 21 st century, the best anti-poverty program is a world-class education. </li></ul><ul><li>- President Obama </li></ul>Focus On Success
  3. 3. <ul><li>WHY? (Purpose of the class) </li></ul><ul><li>To promote a college-going culture- According to the US Department of Labor, college grads earn more money over the course of their lifetime, incur fewer health problems, suffer less penal involvement and live longer than non-college graduates. Students could have life-long benefits from this course. </li></ul><ul><li>Despite many years of interventions, the learning-ach ie vement gap persists , i n part, because various study techniques are not being taught. </li></ul><ul><li>Parent involvement, time spent on task and study habits, are strong determining factors in student success (Nickerson, 2006). This course addresses all three of those factors to varying degrees. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  4. 4. <ul><li>Two principle factors that influenced </li></ul><ul><li>my selection of this project </li></ul><ul><li>* Nine years of observing declining economic conditions of families in Alum Rock USD </li></ul><ul><li>* Poor practice habits of my band students </li></ul><ul><li>(I was moved to a site where students did not know how to practice.) </li></ul>Focus On Success
  5. 5. <ul><li>Interesting Facts about Sheppard Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>Located in Alum Rock USD of East San Jose </li></ul><ul><li>Total enrollment = 800 </li></ul><ul><li>46% Latino, 46% Asian, 4% Black, 3% White* </li></ul><ul><li>73% of students receive free/reduced lunch* </li></ul><ul><li>78% of parents do not have a college education* </li></ul><ul><li>Sheppard 2009-2010 API is 774 </li></ul><ul><li>(highest non-charter school API in district) </li></ul><ul><li>API doesn't tell the complete story: </li></ul><ul><li>Asian API = 886 while Latino API = 686 </li></ul>Focus On Success * According to www.whichschool.com
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ In the 21 st century, teachers must be designers of learning experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>- James Paul Gee </li></ul>Focus On Success
  7. 7. <ul><li>How? (Specific Actions) </li></ul><ul><li>Sheppard Middle School 7 th and 8 th grader students have a 3 5 -minute advisory period at the beginning of every day except Thursday . Focus on Success will be a new elective offered during the advisory period that will teach study skills, time-management and goal-setting. This class is open to all students but I am especially interested in merging “at-risk” students with those currently having academic success. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  8. 8. <ul><li>Course Format </li></ul><ul><li>Each week would follow a similar format . </li></ul><ul><li>Monday - “PD Tool of the Week” is discussed. Grade Check Forms are Due. </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday – Study Hall and Binder Check </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday – Study Hall and Binder Check </li></ul><ul><li>Friday – Reflection on week's work. Awarding of Personal Development Point </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Questionnaire at the end of each quarter. </li></ul><ul><li>College visit at the end of each semester. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  9. 9. <ul><li>Personal Development (PD) </li></ul><ul><li>Tool of the Week </li></ul><ul><li>Every Monday the students would be introduced to a new study skill, goal-setting or time-management tool referred to as the “PD Tool of the Week”. These will be placed in the students “toolkit” to be referred to and used as needed. Each PD tool will be accompanied by a handout which should be place in the student's binder. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  10. 10. Focus On Success A Sample Schedule of Lessons 1 st Quarter Week 1: Setting Priorities/Grade Check Forms Week 2: Organizing Papers and Time Week 3: Creating/Organizing Study Space Week 4: Multiple Intelligences (How are you smart?) Week 5: Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals Week 6: Note-taking Skills Week 7: Math Study Skills Week 8: Essay Writing Tips - pt.1 Week 9: Essay Writing Tips – pt. 2 Week 10: Study Hall/Finals Week 2 nd Quarter Week 1: The Importance of Exercise and Sleep Week 2: Working in Groups (Think Win/Win, Listening, Synergize) Week 3: Science Study Skills Week 4: Planning Long-Term Projects Week 5: S.M.A.R.T Goals Check-in (Renew or Adjust Goals) Week 6: Vocabulary Study Skills Week 7: Creating Study Packets Week 8: Making Practice Tests Week 9: Dealing with Test Anxiety Week 10: Study Hall/Finals Week/College Visit
  11. 11. <ul><li>Tool of the Week (Example) </li></ul><ul><li>Setting Priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Rocks – Pebbles – Water demo </li></ul><ul><li>1. Take a jar and fill it with large rocks. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Ask the class if the jar is full. (Most will say yes) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Now, add pebbles to the jar, pointing out how they fill the gaps </li></ul><ul><li>between the large rocks. </li></ul><ul><li>4.Once again, ask if the jar is full. (Now they aren't sure...) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Next pour water into the jar until it slightly overflows. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Ask again, “Is the jar full?” (Most will say yes) </li></ul><ul><li>Rocks = Biggest responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Pebbles = Spice of Life activities </li></ul><ul><li>Water = “If I do it great, if not, oh well!” </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson: There's lots of room in your life if you put in the big rocks first! </li></ul>Focus On Success
  12. 12. Focus On Success <ul><li>Grade Check Forms </li></ul><ul><li>On Mondays, students will also turn in Grade Check forms signed and dated by teachers and parents. Students will also receive blank grade check forms for the upcoming week. These forms would also allow space where teachers could indicate any missing assignments and/or projects. Focus on Success students and teachers would use that information to help the student develop an action plan related to each student’s individual workload. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>FOS Grade Check Forms </li></ul>Focus On Success
  14. 14. <ul><li>Study Hall </li></ul><ul><li>On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will be able to work individually or in small groups in a study hall format. Study Hall is not a free period and must be used exclusively for school work. If a student has no homework or upcoming project, they must use the time to study. There is always something which could benefit from extra study time. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  15. 15. <ul><li>Binder Check </li></ul><ul><li>On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will also have a binder check to ensure they can answer the following questions regarding every class: </li></ul><ul><li>* When is the next quiz/test and what will it cover? </li></ul><ul><li>* What is the next big project and when is it due? </li></ul>Focus On Success
  16. 16. <ul><li>Reflections on Personal Development </li></ul><ul><li>On Fridays, students will share which study or time management tools they used throughout the week. They will also be given an opportunity to reflect on any missed opportunities to use their new tools. Fridays will also be the day that “Personal Development” points are awarded. Students must earn twenty (20) PD points to be eligible to attend the end-of-semester field trip. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  17. 17. <ul><li>Personal Development Points </li></ul><ul><li>There are many ways to earn Personal Development Points: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Successfully answering the binder check questions by Friday </li></ul><ul><li>2)Writing a short paper on how they used a “tool of the week” </li></ul><ul><li>3) Write a short paper on how they missed an opportunity to use a “tool of the week” </li></ul><ul><li>4) Perfect school attendance for that week (with no tardies) </li></ul><ul><li>5) Provide a log of study time outside of school (signed by parent) </li></ul><ul><li>The points will be posted in a public place to that students may keep track of their progress. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  18. 18. <ul><li>Parent Questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of each quarter, parents will receive a short questionnaire designed to encourage increased involvement in their student's daily school life. </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Questions </li></ul><ul><li>*Can you name all of your student's classes and teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>*What is your student's favorite subject? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>*What is your student's least favorite subject? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>* Where are your student's favorite places to study? </li></ul><ul><li>* Which school functions have you attended this quarter? </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are encouraged to review answers with their student before returning the signed questionnaire. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  19. 19. <ul><li>College Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Different types of colleges will be visited to expose the students to their wide range of options. The following colleges have been selected for the 2011-2012 school year. </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Semester – San Jose State University (4-year public university) </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Semester – Evergreen College (Community College) </li></ul><ul><li>Both colleges are accessible through public transportation and qualify for free “Class passes” from the Santa Clara VTA </li></ul>Focus On Success
  20. 20. <ul><li>“ We're getting our children through education by anaesthetising them. We should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves! </li></ul><ul><li>- Sir Ken Robinson </li></ul>Focus On Success
  21. 21. <ul><li>WHAT? </li></ul><ul><li>(Outcome/Expected Results) </li></ul><ul><li>Research shows : </li></ul><ul><li>* The deeper the student is involved in studying, the higher the payoff in comprehension and retention. </li></ul><ul><li>* The greater the degree of consistency of study, the better the results in comprehension and retention. </li></ul><ul><li>* Students must receive adequate training in the use of study techniques. It can not be assumed that student's already possess this skill. </li></ul><ul><li>* In general, the more time students study, regardless of the study technique, the better their comprehension. </li></ul><ul><li>taken from “Current Research on Studying: A Qualitive Analysis” </li></ul><ul><li>(Best, Brozo, 1985) </li></ul>Focus On Success
  22. 22. <ul><li>Teacher Preparation/Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>While developing this course I relied heavily on three resources: </li></ul><ul><li>That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week – Ana Hoyayoun </li></ul><ul><li>S.O.A.R Study Skills – Susan Kruger Woodcock </li></ul><ul><li>7 Habits of Highly Successful Teenagers – Sean Covey </li></ul><ul><li>I'd recommend the administrator purchase these books for each Focus on Success teacher to facilitate a bi-monthly collaboration meeting to share lesson plans, best practices and class experiences. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  23. 23. <ul><li>California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>S t a n d a r d 1 </li></ul><ul><li>A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development , articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community. </li></ul><ul><li>´ Facilitate the development of a shared vision for the achievement of all students based upon data from multiple measures of student learning and relevant qualitative indicators. </li></ul><ul><li>´ Identify and address any barriers to accomplishing the vision. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  24. 24. <ul><li>California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>S t a n d a r d 2 </li></ul><ul><li>A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. </li></ul><ul><li>´ a culture in which high expectations are the norm for each student as evident in rigorous academic work. </li></ul><ul><li>´ the use of a variety of appropriate content-based learning materials and learning strategies that recognize students as active learners, value reflection and inquiry, emphasize the quality versus the amount of student application and performance, and utilize appropriate and effective technology. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  25. 25. <ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>I suggest that if we expect all students to achieve we must commit to providing them with the tools necessary to imagine, set and meet and exceed high educational goals. Research shows that students learn what they believe to be important (Mitra, 2009). As educators, we must make a greater effort to convince the students of the lifetime value of a quality education. Then, we must commit ourselves to providing one. </li></ul>Focus On Success
  26. 26. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>Focus On Success
  27. 27. <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul>Focus On Success

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