Focus On SuccessTeaching Time-Management, Goal-Setting and Study Skills th thto 7 and 8 Grade Students Ted Henderson LEAP Symposium Project June 2011
Focus On Success“In the 21st century, the best anti-poverty program is a world-class education. - President Obama
Focus On Success WHY? (Purpose of the class) 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. Despite many years of interventions, the learning- achievement gap persists, in part, because various study techniques are not being taught. 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.
Focus On Success Two principle factors that influenced my selection of this project* Nine years of observing declining economic conditions of families in Alum Rock USD* Poor practice habits of my band students (I was moved to a site where students did not know how to practice.)
Focus On SuccessInteresting Facts about Sheppard Middle School Located in Alum Rock USD of East San Jose Total enrollment = 800 46% Latino, 46% Asian, 4% Black, 3% White* 73% of students receive free/reduced lunch* 78% of parents do not have a college education* Sheppard 2009-2010 API is 774 (highest non-charter school API in district) API doesnt tell the complete story: Asian API = 886 while Latino API =to686 * According www.whichschool.com
Focus On Success“In the 21st century, teachers must be designers of learning experiences. - James Paul Gee
Focus On Success How? (Specific Actions)Sheppard Middle School 7th and 8th grader studentshave a 35-minute advisory period at the beginning ofthe day except Thursday. Focus on Success will be anew elective offered during the advisory period thatwill teach study skills, time-management and goal-setting. This class is open to all students but I amespecially interested in merging “at-risk” studentswith those currently having academic success.
Focus On Success Course Format Each week would follow a similar format. Monday - “PD Tool of the Week” is discussed. Grade Check Forms are Due. Tuesday – Study Hall and Binder Check Wednesday – Study Hall and Binder Check Friday – Reflection on weeks work. Awarding of Personal Development Point Parent Questionnaire at the end of each quarter. College visit at the end of each semester.
Focus On Success Personal Development (PD) Tool of the WeekEvery Monday the students would be introduced to anew study skill, goal-setting or time-managementtool referred to as the “PD Tool of the Week”. Thesewill be placed in the students “toolkit” to be referredto and used as needed. Each PD tool will beaccompanied by a handout which should be place inthe students binder.
A Sample Schedule of Lessons Focus On Success Week 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. Setting Priorities/Using The Importance of The Importance of The Importance of 1 Grade check forms Exercise and Sleep Breakfast and Nutrition Playtime, Downtime and Family Time(PDF) Organizing your papers Working in groups The Importance of History Study Skills 2 and time (Think Win/Win, asking for help Synergize, Listening) Creating/selecting and Science Study Skills Proactive vs. Reactive Spelling Strategies 3 organizing your study Scheduling space Multiple Intelligences Planning Long Term Active vs. Passive Motivating yourself 4 (How are you smart?) Projects Learning/Reading S.M.A.R.T Goals S.M.A.R.T Goals S.M.A.R.T Goals S.M.A.R.T Goals 5 Check-in Check-in Check-in (Renew or Adjust) (Renew or Adjust) Note-taking skills Vocabulary Study Skills Reading Study Skills Finding Appropriate 6 Role models Math Study Skills Creating Study Packets The importance of Identify your learning 7 reviewing your work style Essay Writing Tips – pt. Making Practice Tests The Appropriate use of Compass Exercise 8 1 (Bubble Charts and Technology (Which direction are other visual organizers) you?) Essay Writing Tips – pt. Dealing with Test Financial Benefits of Career Personality Test 9 2 (writing outlines and Anxiety Education book reports) Study Hall/Finals Study Hall/Finals/ Study Hall/Finals Study Hall/Finals/ 10 College Trip College Trip
Focus On Success Tool of the Week (Example) Setting Priorities Rocks – Pebbles – Water demo1. Take a jar and fill it with large rocks.2. Ask the class if the jar is full. (Most will say yes)3. Now, add pebbles to the jar, pointing out how they fill the gaps between the large rocks. Once again, ask if the jar is full. (Now they arent sure...)4. Next pour water into the jar until it slightly overflows.5. Ask again, “Is the jar full?” (Most will say yes) Rocks = Biggest responsibilities Pebbles = Spice of Life activities Water = “If I do it great, if not, oh well!” Lesson: Theres lots of room in your life if you put in the big rocks first!
Focus On Success Grade Check FormsOn Mondays, students will also turn in Grade Check forms signedand dated by teachers and parents. Students will also receive blankgrade check forms for the upcoming week. These forms would alsoallow space where teachers could indicate any missing assignmentsand/or projects. Focus on Success students and teachers would usethat information to help the student develop an action plan related toeach student’s individual workload.
Focus On Success Binder CheckOn Wednesday, students continue the study hall but will also have abinder check to ensure they can answer the following three questionsregarding every class:* When is the next quiz/test and what will it cover?* What is the next big project and when is it due?
Focus On Success Study HallOn Tuesday, students will be able to work individually or in smallgroups in a study hall format. Study Hall is not a free period andmust be used exclusively for school work. If a student has nohomework or upcoming project, they must use the time to study.There is always something which could benefit from extra studytime.
Focus On Success Reflections on Personal DevelopmentOn Fridays, students will share which study or time managementtools they used throughout the week. They will also be given anopportunity to reflect on any missed opportunities to use their newtools. Fridays will also be the day that “Personal Development”points are awarded. Students must earn twenty (20) PD points to beeligible to attend the end-of-semester field trip.
Focus On Success Personal Development Points There are many ways to earn Personal Development Points:1) Successfully answering the binder check questions by Friday2)Writing a short paper on how they used a “tool of the week”3) Write a short paper on how they missed an opportunity to use a “tool of the week”4) Perfect school attendance for that week (with no tardies)5) Provide a log of study time outside of school (signed by parent)The points will be posted in a public place to that students may keep track of their progress.
Focus On Success Parent Questionnaire At the end of each quarter, parents will receive a short questionnaire designed to encourage increased involvement in their students daily school life. Sample Questions*Can you name all of your students classes and teachers?*What is your students favorite subject? Why?*What is your students least favorite subject? Why?* Where are your students favorite places to study?* Which school functions have you attended this quarter? Parents are encouraged to review answers with their student before returning the signed questionnaire.
Focus On Success College Visits 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.1st Semester – San Jose State University (4-year public university)2nd Semester – Evergreen College (Community College)Both colleges are accessible through public transportation and qualify for free “Class passes” from the Santa Clara VTA
Focus On Success“Were getting our children through education by anaesthetising them. We should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves! - Sir Ken Robinson
Focus On Success WHAT? (Outcome/Expected Results)Research shows:* The deeper the student is involved in studying, the higher the payoff in comprehension and retention.* The greater the degree of consistency of study, the better the results in comprehension and retention.* Students must receive adequate training in the use of study techniques. It can not be assumed that students already possess this skill.* In general, the more time students study, regardless of the study technique, the better their comprehension. taken from “Current Research on Studying: A Qualitive Analysis” (Best, Brozo, 1985)
Focus On SuccessTeacher Preparation/CollaborationWhile developing this course I relied heavily on three resources: That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week – Ana Hoyayoun S.O.A.R Study Skills – Susan Kruger Woodcock 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teenagers – Sean CoveyId recommend the administrator purchase these books for each Focus onSuccess teacher to facilitate a bi-monthly collaboration meeting to sharelesson plans, best practices and class experiences.
Focus On SuccessCalifornia Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Standard1 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. 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. Identify and address any barriers to accomplishing the vision.
Focus On SuccessCalifornia Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Standard2 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. a culture in which high expectations are the norm for each student as evident in rigorous academic work. 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.
Focus On Success ConclusionI suggest that if we expect all students to achieve we must committo providing them with the tools necessary to imagine, set and meetand exceed high educational goals. Research shows that studentslearn what they believe to be important (Mitra, 2009). Aseducators, we must make a greater effort to convince the students ofthe lifetime value of a quality education. Then, we must commitourselves to providing one.