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Developing CONFIDENCE in Our Students

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Developing confident learners is often stated as a goal for schools and educators, yet students continually enter our classrooms with low confidence and on a “losing streak” in school. This session will help participants to learn more about shifting to a strength-based approach in our classrooms and to look at the power of assessment in developing student confidence. Participants will have the opportunity to:
- discuss ideas and strategies to increase engagement through creating space for student strengths and interests in the classroom
- reflect upon aspects of assessment practice and how these can build or tear down confidence
- discuss ways to tap into the strengths of students beyond our classroom walls
This session is designed for educators who want to reflect on their current practice so that they can create change that benefits students within their classes; participants will walk away with reflections as well as strategies and ideas that can be immediately implemented in their classrooms.

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Developing CONFIDENCE in Our Students

  1. 1. Creating the Conditions: Developing CONFIDENCE in Our Students CCimagefromC&KHighlandhttps://flic.kr/p/qKcmR2 Chris Wejr www.chriswejr.com @chriswejr
  2. 2. Learning Intentions where are you at? Red? Yellow? Green? • I can explain the importance of self-confidence in student learning • I can share ideas and strategies to increase student engagement by creating space for student strengths and interests in the classroom. • I can describe formative assessment practices that build success and confidence in learners. • I can share ways to tap into the strengths of students beyond the classroom walls
  3. 3. What brings you here? What is YOUR question?
  4. 4. The Importance of Confidence • Recall a time when you had a confident learning experience. – What did it look/feel/sound like? • Recall a time when you had an anxious learning experience. – What did it look/feel/sound like? • Why is confidence important in our learners?
  5. 5. CONFIDENCE
  6. 6. http://youtu.be/qzMwFm456_E
  7. 7. “To shift a cycle from decline to success, leaders must restore people’s confidence” --Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  8. 8. Arrogance Despair
  9. 9. Not simply about self-esteem. Build REAL confidence. http://youtu.be/-DIETlxquzY
  10. 10. Back up to where they are… and get em on a winning streak Tom Schimmer CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud https://flic.kr/p/jfcWi4
  11. 11. CC Image by Paul Tomlin : http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR Make it worth the effort.
  12. 12. Keep the LIDS off KIDS CCImagefromPaulWatsonhttps://flic.kr/p/kC49
  13. 13. When a struggle becomes a strength
  14. 14. Got grit? CC Image from az https://flic.kr/p/87VgbN Resiliency craves confidence…
  15. 15. Created by Krissy Venosdale
  16. 16. Risk-Taking Requires Confidence http://youtu.be/ZV_DKgb264E
  17. 17. Confidence through ASSESSMENT Student success increases when students see clear learning targets. With success comes confidence in learning. Pauline Clarke
  18. 18. Are we speaking the same “language” when we talk about assessment? http://youtu.be/89frRi8GgGA
  19. 19. What is the PURPOSE of assessment? “When it comes to assessment, think purpose, purpose, purpose.” Caren Cameron
  20. 20. Do our assessment practices increase confidence or increase anxiety? CC image from Khalid Al-khater https://flic.kr/p/6kFhxb
  21. 21. 21 From Caren Cameron Distinct Differences Assessment FOR (formative) Assessment OF (summative) Learning Students Descriptive Daily Measuring Public/Parents % # Symbols (A,B,etc) Event Coach Judge
  22. 22. Summative Assessment
  23. 23. Are we marking assignments or assessing learning? CC Image from Sam https://flic.kr/p/8ELFPw What is the difference?
  24. 24. 6 BIG Formative Assessment Practices Learning Intentions Success Criteria Descriptive Feedback Student Ownership Self and Peer Assessment Powerful Questions * * *
  25. 25. Clear Learning Intentions Let students know, in a language they can understand, what they are expected to learn CC Image From Mike Tungate https://flic.kr/p/74a3f3
  26. 26. Grade 7 Science Kris Fujita - Chiefess School Name: Unit: Before AfterDestination Comments (student, teacher): Via Caren Cameron
  27. 27. Success Criteria Work with learners to develop criteria so we know “what good looks like”. CC image from Simply CVR https://flic.kr/p/3EPVar
  28. 28. From Caren Cameron Criteria - Grade 10 Kathleen Gregory - Sooke #62
  29. 29. Descriptive Feedback
  30. 30. SUCCESS & CONFIDENCE Feedback Success Criteria Learning Intentions
  31. 31. Swap Meet Grab an index card. Write one of the following statements and complete the thought on the card: • One thing I am going to do in my classroom/school is… • One thing I want to be sure to remember is… When you are finished, walk around the room and meet with someone you have not spoken to today. Share the information on your cards and then exchange cards. Do this 2 more times. Return to your table and share the information on the new card with your group.
  32. 32. Confidence through STRENGTHS & INTERESTS
  33. 33. Create space in the curriculum for strengths and interests CC image from Sweetie187 https://flic.kr/p/9pKiEC
  34. 34. Writing Poetry Through Interests
  35. 35. CC slide from Bill Ferriter https://flic.kr/p/dznabd
  36. 36. Daddy, why are the mountains following us?
  37. 37. Inquiry "When there is space for kids to create, connect, explore - magic happens” Neil Stephenson CC Image by Linus Bohman https://flic.kr/p/grtNE
  38. 38. Inquiry: Teaching Through Strengths and Interests
  39. 39. “Wonder Wall” via Kathy Rice
  40. 40. Project-Based Learning CC Image by Judy Baxter https://flic.kr/p/dGFj5
  41. 41. Passion Projects @_MrsBarb
  42. 42. IDEA FACTORY What can we DO – next week, next month, next year - in classrooms/schools to use strengths/interests to increase confidence and engagement? Brainstorm at your table Categorize into classroom and school Record and Share
  43. 43. Start with one lesson or one unit • Take a moment to reflect upon a lesson/unit that you have recently taught or one in which you are comfortable teaching. • How could you incorporate the strengths/interests of students into this lesson or unit? • Record and share.
  44. 44. Connecting Strengths Beyond the Classroom Walls cc image by ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓: http://flickr.com/photos/torley/2539392357/
  45. 45. Learning with meaning… with connection. http://youtu.be/-S-5EfwpFOk
  46. 46. “We have always overestimated the value of access to information and underestimated the value of access to each other.” Clay Shirky http://www.flickr.com/photos/42931449@N07/6088751332/
  47. 47. CCslidefromBillFerriterhttps://flic.kr/p/df4DET
  48. 48. A School Built on Strengths
  49. 49. Reflect. To tap into the strengths of our students beyond our classroom walls, we can… CC Image from T. Soukup https://flic.kr/p/uagBC
  50. 50. Learning Intentions where are you at now? Red? Yellow? Green? • I can explain the importance of self-confidence in student learning • I can share ideas and strategies to increase student engagement by creating space for student strengths and interests in the classroom. • I can describe formative assessment practices that build success and confidence in learners. • I can share ways to tap into the strengths of students beyond the classroom walls
  51. 51. Looking back at your questions…
  52. 52. To build real confidence in my students, I need to: STOP doing doing START doing
  53. 53. Get em on a winning streak. CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21
  54. 54. Connect With Me www.chriswejr.com About.me/ChrisWejr @chriswejr chriswejr@gmail.com

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